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Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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In a book written by GK Chesterton about St. Francis, Chesterton describes to Saint Francis as the moon reflecting the light of the sun (The Son of God). The same can be said of all the saints in that their humanity reflected the Glory of God and this especially can be said of Our Blessed Mother Mary. I belive that when we see the best of humanity in the lives of others it is because those people best show God's Love and Light and Truth. It is only when we allow ourselves to be cut off from that Love through sin or selfishness or even distractions that our lives, our individual moons so to speak, slowly turn from bright and beutiful glowing to darkness. I think about this Feast day of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and I reflect on my own actions at times. Here she was being exaulted by her cousin Elizabeth and rather than taking on pride she reflected God's Love and offered to God the Glory of the Magnificat. I wonder what our world would be like if we too when we are given honors or gifts also offered back to God the honor due to Him so that others could benifit from His Love also. In a hurting and dark world if we could reflect that Love of God through our words and actions and gifts and enable others to find His Love and Joy and Light and Mercy. May Our Lady's words become ours throughout this day and all of our life: "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."
The Mass Readings for Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary are posted below in this posting. I have added a few links in one of the sidebars and encourage you to check them out.
May Our Lord Jesus Christ richly bless you and all in your life and may Mary the Mother God keep us all beneath the protective mantle of her love and grace. Amen.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!!
Ed
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Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading I
Zep 3:14-18a


Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The LORD has removed the judgment against you,
he has turned away your enemies;
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
you have no further misfortune to fear.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
He will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.

or
Rom 12:9-16

Brothers and sisters:
Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly;
do not be wise in your own estimation.

Responsorial Psalm
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6


R. (6) Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.

R. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.

R. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!

R. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

Gospel
Lk 1:39-56


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.
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