Thursday 31 May 2018

About Today Readings

Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

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.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.

Among the characteristic themes explored in Luke’s Gospel are the role of women and the elderly, joy, compassion, God’s predilection for the poor and the life-giving activity of the Holy Spirit.

All of these themes come together today in Luke’s account of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth who is also expecting a child—Jesus’ forerunner in the history of salvation.

There is much more to this story than the example it gives us as Christians of feminine solidarity and sisterly concern. Using lectio divina as our approach, our reflection today might take the form of a slow meditative phrase-by-phrase rereading of Mary’s Magnificat. Long may our spirit rejoice in God our saviour.

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