|Church of St. John the Baptist, Quincy, Illinois|
In his Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, Saint Bonaventure reflects on the meaning of these two verses:
Spiritually, now, from this we are given to understand that haste is necessary for the person who wants to attain perfection, as we find in Hebrews 4:11: "Let us make haste to enter into that rest." Also in I Corinthians 9:24 we find: "So run, that you may attain the prize." A negative example is found in what Matthew 25:11 says of the foolish virgins: "They came too late." See also Sirach 5:8: "Do not tarry in converting to the Lord, and do not put it off from day to day" (1.73).In his little book, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, Pope Benedict XVI rightly asked, "How many Christians make haste today, where the things of God are concerned? Surely if anything merits haste - so the evangelist is discreetly telling us - then it is the things of God" (79).
Today, then, let us ask Mary to teach us to make haste toward the things of God so that, with her, we, too, might proclaim the salvation of the Lord.