“The feast of the Visitation honors the visit the Blessed Virgin Mary made to St. Elizabeth. Anyone who has ever been pregnant can appreciate this feast in a special way. First, Mary was pregnant with God, but still suffered the same things that all newly expectant women suffer. Even so, she traveled through mountainous territory to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. Imagine riding a donkey or walking through the mountains on a six mile journey.
The fruit of the mystery of the Visitation, when we pray the Rosary is “love of neighbor.” The Visitation shows us how Mary always thought of others and not herself. She lived her life in obedience to God. We see her love and obedience, first in the Annunciation and then the continual outpouring of concern, love for others and obedience in the Visitation. Mary had been told by the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation in Luke 1:36-37, “And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who is called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Luke 1:39 goes on to say, “In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country to a city of Judah,” to visit Elizabeth. Think of the excitement of these two women! Mary was going in haste because of the two miraculous events that had just occurred. Mary, visited y the Angel Gabriel had by the power of the Holy Spirit conceived God the Son! Her cousin Elizabeth, who had been barren for so long, had now conceived a son herself with the help of God! What a joyous and blessed meeting this must have been! At the Visitation, the first person to recognize Jesus was another unborn child! Little St. John the Baptist, leapt with joy in the womb of his mother Elizabeth the moment the Lord Jesus came into his midst in the womb of Mary. This is so beautiful and something to ponder as an entire family. This leap of joy from the little unborn St. John the Baptist fulfilled the Scripture in Luke 1:15 about John the Baptist, “and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”
Much of the Hail Mary prayer is based on the passage from Luke in the Bible. In Luke 1:42, “Elizabeth says, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” The Hail Mary is the fulfillment the Magnificat in Luke 1:46-49, “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name.’” Reflect on how God used the four people present at the Visitation, one of Whom was God! The world discounts the weak and the powerless, but as Catholics, we must never discount anyone. God has plans for the unborn! God showed us this in this passage from the Bible, before sonograms existed. God showed us the power and the person who exists in every mother’s womb!
These blueberry muffins have been named for The Visitation, because the Queen of Heaven is often depicted wearing blue. May is the month of Mary, the Mother of God. These muffins are the perfect gift for anyone who is in need of love. Someone who has just found out she is expecting or someone who has just had a baby, someone who has just moved into your neighborhood or someone who needs encouragement. The ways you can use these muffins are practically endless, to proclaim the fruit of The Visitation which is “love of neighbor.’”
Copyright Suzanne Fowler, 2003 Building the Family Cookbook - Visitation Blueberry Muffins – cited
Ingredients. Turn the oven to 375 degrees.
Put papers in your muffin tin and set aside.
In a medium bowl measure the 2 c. Non GMO flour.
Now the 1/3 c. pure cane sugar.
Add 2 t. aluminum free baking powder
And add ¾ t. sea salt.
Whisk to combine. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, melt the stick of butter.
Add the 1 c. vitamin D milk.
Slightly beat the egg and add it too.
Stir in the flour mixture. Until just moistened.
Now gently stir in the blueberries.
Using an ice cream scoop, add the batter to your paper lined muffin cups.
Bake at 375 degrees for 22-25 minutes.
Here they are – baked and golden brown.
When the muffins are done, melt ¼ c. of butter in a small bowl. Put ¼ c. sugar in another small bowl.
Dip the muffin tops into the ¼ c. melted butter. Then dip the muffin top in the melted sugar.
And put them on a rack.
Visitation Blueberry Muffins!
These are wonderful. I know the Blessed Mother would have loved to bring some to St. Elizabeth! Do you know anyone who could use a muffin?
Visitation Blueberry Muffins
These are the best blueberry muffins you will ever taste! My oldest daughter does not like blueberries, but loves these muffins! It must be God!
375 Degree Oven 12 muffin papers & a muffin tin
½ c. Butter (1 stick), melted
1 c. Vitamin D Milk
1 Egg, slightly beaten
2 c. Non GMO Flour
1/3 c. Pure Cane Sugar
2 t. Aluminum Free Baking Powder
¾ t. Sea Salt
1 c. Blueberries, fresh or frozen
¼ c. Butter, melted
¼ c. Pure Cane Sugar
Turn the oven to 375 degrees. And put papers in your muffin tin.
In a medium bowl, measure the 2 c. flour, 1/3 c. sugar, 2 t. baking powder & ¾ t. sea salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, melt the stick of butter. Add the 1 c. vitamin D milk and the slightly beaten egg. Stir in the flour mixture until just moistened. Gently stir in the blueberries. Using an ice cream scoop, add the batter to your paper lined muffin cups. Bake at 375 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown. When the muffins are done, melt ¼ c. of butter in a bowl and put ¼ c. sugar in a bowl. Allow the muffins to cool slightly before removing from the pan. Dip the muffin tops into the ¼ c. melted butter. Then dip the muffin top in the melted sugar.
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