Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of Mary, when, after the conception of Jesus, Our Lady went to the hill country to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist.
Isn’t that just what women do? They get together with their girlfriends and talk to share their good news!
For those of us who pray the rosary regularly, this is a familiar meditation as we remember this event when we pray the second joyful mystery of the rosary. Indeed the theme of today’s readings is joy:
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem! (Zeph 3:14)
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.(Rom 12:12)
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation. (Is 12:3)
And finally today’s gospel gives us one of the greatest expressions of joy found in scripture, The Magnificat:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.” (Lk 1:46-55)
Today, let us imitate Our Lady and rejoice in God our Savior. Examine all the ways that the Almighty has done great things for you and is still doing great things for you and let your soul proclaim the greatness the Lord! Thank Him! Praise Him! Love Him with your whole heart!
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee! Anne