The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ The Very Rev. Lady Sherwood, OPI

Reading 1: ZEP 3:14=18A or ROM 12:9=16

R psalm: ISAIAH 12:2=3,4BCD,5=6

 

GOSPEL: LK1:39=56 (NABRE)

Mary set out and travelled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:  “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

for he has looked with favour 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 for ever.”

 

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

If we picture the scene in today’s Holy Gospel reading, we find great joy. Great joy because Mary who was carrying the Lord inside of her, went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also expecting John the Baptist. Joy because the Unborn John the Baptist leapt for joy when Mary arrived, because John knew it was the Lord inside Mary’s womb. Mary was puzzled but no doubt was rejoicing to be chosen as the earthly mother of our dear Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

I can almost imagine this scene in my mind. How wonderful it truly must’ve been.

But just as John leapt for joy as he knew that our Saviour was within Mary, We also can have a share of this rejoicing.

Although we don’t have our Lord physically inside us the same way that the Blessed Virgin Mary did, we like the Unborn John the Baptist, can leap for joy as we indeed know that the Lord our Saviour is inside of us as Spirit, and that we are also inside of Jesus. We are one body in the Lord, so just like John, Mary and Elizabeth, we who truly love and follow Jesus within our hearts and lives, should leap with joy and rejoicing knowing the Lord is ever present to us.

How wonderful it is that we get to share in such joy!

Let us pray:

Wonderful Lord, on this the Feast of of Mary`s visit with Elizabeth, we are reminded that you are a God of joy and that you always fulfill your promises. We ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us when we feel discouraged, so that our souls may always magnify you, Our Lord. May Mother Mary remind us of your premises and your faithfulness when difficulties of life cover us with darkness. Give us a spirit that rejoices in you, Our Saviour, for all the great things that you have done for us and will continue to bestow upon us, simply because you love us.

We thank and praise you for all you have done and also for all that you will do.

Blessed Mary, pray for us.

Amen.

 

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