Friday 31 May 2019
THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. DAY OF PENANCE.
Zephaniah 3:14-18 / Romans 12:9-16. Isaiah 12:2-6. Luke 1:39-56.
Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 12:2-6.
‘Blessed are you among women.’
Joys are always greater when shared. Anyone who hears good news immediately sets about to tell others. If it is partly secret, we seek out a special friend with whom to share the news. So too Mary wants to share her joy. She sets out with haste to the hill country to be with another woman of faith, her cousin Elizabeth. Both are to be mothers and each is especially blessed with a great promise.
We too have been given promises. We share a common faith and share God’s presence among us. We can use Mary’s words to state how we have been blessed by the Lord.
Today, as we visit or are visited by neighbours, we might share some of the joy Mary and Elizabeth felt as friends of the great and holy one of Israel: ‘my soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.’