The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Dear Family of Mary!
Today we celebrate the Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, that blessed day when Our Lady traveled to the Hill Country to visit her kinswoman, Elizabeth! The Angel Gabriel had told Mary that Elizabeth had conceived in her old age, and that she was in the sixth month. “For nothing is impossible for God!” This great news was a confirmation for Mary of her own call to be the Mother of Jesus. These two courageous women met and the Holy Spirit fell upon them in power and great joy!! Little St. John the Baptist was also anointed with the Holy Spirit and leaped for joy!!
We should bask in the joy of this event, and let the Holy Spirit fall upon us as well! Read these anointed words from the Luke’s Gospel, and receive the Holy Spirit!
Mary set out and traveled 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 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 for ever.”
Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Come Holy Spirit!!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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