The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared for the first time in Garbandal on July 2nd, 1961. At the time, this day was the feast of the Visitation until it was later changed to the 31st of May by Paul VI in the reform of the Calendarium Romanum on February 14, 1969. With this in mind, we can most certainly exclaim with Saint Elizabeth, "Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Lk 1:43), because she came to bring us joy, to bring us Jesus.
John Paul II said that "Elizabeth, with her joyful exclamation, invites us to appreciate all that the presence of the Virgin brings as a gift to the life of each believer."
In the biblical narration of the Visitation of Our Lady to her cousin Elizabeth we contemplate how charity urged Mary to go "with haste to the mountain" in order to help her cousin Elizabeth who was with child. More than lend her help physically we should look at how much joy she bought her by bringing Jesus with her.
A Hill Country
Every apparition of Mary, Our Mother, is another visitation, but perhaps when we read in the gospel that Mary went to "a hill country", we remember with special devotion the apparitions that took place in Garabandal. She comes hurriedly to warn us, to advise us, to show herself to us as a mother.
he comes to gives us a message of love, so that we convert… she comes also to bring us her son. The message she brings us is of love, given and motivated by love. Mary is our Mother. Jesus, Our Lord, from the cross gave her to us as mother, "behold your mother" (Jn 19). What mother would not warn her son or daughter if saw him in danger? So then it shouldn't surprise us if Mary, Our Mother, comes to warn us of the danger we're in if we do not convert and if we do not open ourselves to God.
Let's take this feast as a new opportunity to receive the Virgin Mary's visit in our own house and open ourselves to her greeting, her words and her motherly warnings.