Thu 31 May, 2012
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Elizabeth, Prayer, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“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.” (Luke 1:46-49)
Mary traveled several days to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, to prove to herself that the angel told the truth when it was claimed that Elizabeth, too, was with child. (Luke 1:44)
Mary’s response focuses attention on God’s handiwork. Indeed, her soul and her total being proclaimed the greatness of God, not for her family alone, not only for Israel, but for the entire world.
God takes action in our day and time as well through miracles and through the mystical body of Jesus, the church. The favor of God rests upon all those who do good, who love beyond limits, who work to bring peace in a peaceable way, who trust in grace. The Beatitudes teach us how to do just that, to be visitators of blessedness. (Matthew 5: 3-12)
May we have eyes that see and hearts that believe so that we may know how blessed we are by being the children of Almighty God. Let us respond like Elizabeth and say, “And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?…Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1: 43,45)
And like Mary, we too can acclaim, “The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is the name of God.” (Luke 1: 49)
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