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Gospel: Luke 1:39-56
Mary then set out for a town in the hill country of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and, giving a loud cry, said, “You are most blessed among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you, who believed that the Lord’s word would come true!”And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God, my savior!He has looked upon his servant, in her lowliness, and people, forever, will call me blessed.The Mighty One has done great things

for me, Holy is his Name!From age to age, his mercy extends to those who live in his presence.He has acted with power and done wonders, and scattered the proud with their plans.He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and lifted up those who are downtrodden.He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty.He  held  out  his  hand  to  Israel,  his  servant,  for  he remembered his mercy, even as he promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever.”Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned home.

Reflections

“You are most blessed among women.”The visitation of Mary to Eli- zabeth carries a lot of materials for reflection. Visitation brings about personal encounter of per- sons, two women, two mothers, young and old, a Galilean and Judean, who both believe God’s intervention in their lives.Visitation brings about joy. It is a joy that comes about in the lovely interaction between the two relatives, the younger one with a purpose to help the older one. The younger one, though a greater mother, because she car- ries in her womb the Son of God, chooses to bend down to serve the lesser mother until her deli- very of the prophet John.The visitation makes Mary compose a song, her Canticle. That song affirms that God has a special heart for the humble, like her, for the poor and the op- pressed, by remembering his mercy. There is no place in God’s heart those who are oppressive, those who cause people to be- come poor and destitute and to suffer from many indignities.The visitation should remind us busy people that we should put into our agenda visiting our children in their rooms, in their schools, and also our sick and dying brothers, sisters and friends.
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