Thursday 24 May 2018

About Today Readings

Our Lady Help of Christians.

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31. Judith 13:18-20. James 3:13-18. Luke 1:39-56.

You are the highest honour of our race—Judith 13:18-20.

From now on all generations will call me blessed.

And so they have. But perhaps all those centuries of Christianity separating Nazareth and us have blunted some of the impact of Mary’s song. We too often forget that these are words of a pregnant young girl who had every reason to be frightened, not rejoicing.

When the angel told her she would bear a child, she asked the obvious question: ‘How?’ No doubt she also wondered, ‘What will become of me now?’ But her final answer was, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord.’

So often, God seems to be asking us to do something that makes no sense and offers only pain. But we pray, ‘My spirit rejoices in God my saviour.’

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