May 31, 2022
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
It’s Called Joy
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb…
Luke 1:41

Mary is the reward for God’s patience. In her, God finds not only a body in which to dwell, but before that, a heart that is perfectly supple and receptive to God’s plan for her life. In the scene before us, the visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, we see the effects of this decision on Mary’s part. It’s called joy.

The Visitation is all animation: Mary rushing to see Elizabeth; the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaping for joy; Elizabeth loudly proclaiming the blessedness of Mary’s response. All that movement is expressive of the joy of anticipation, made possible by Mary’s placing her life at the service of God’s plan. That’s the take-home. This is what Mary teaches us. Joy is not just serendipity. It is the fruit of a life given over to God’s service in that all its disparate parts are unified in the one great goal of glorifying God. How much we yearn for that unity in our own lives!

Lord, give me a joyful heart in serving you.

- Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A.

Zephaniah 3:14-18a or Romans 12:9-16 Isaiah 12:2-6 • Luke 1:39-56

Comments

May 31, 2022 at 10:34 PM

400 years of silence from God between the Old Testament and the New Testament! How did a young girl like Mary know about the Scripture and the history of what God has done? *** Mary’s praise song in Luke 1:46-55, “And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, (Why?) for (1)He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on (2)all generations will call me blessed, for (3)the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His Name. (What God has done in the history of Israel) (1)His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation. (2)He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; (3)He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. (4)He has brought down rulers from their thrones but (5)has lifted up the humble. (6)He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. (7)He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as He promised our ancestors.” ******* It is important to teach our children Scripture in Deuteronomy 11:29-21, “Teach them (God’s Word) to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”

May 31, 2022 at 12:49 PM

Although the meditation emphasizes service I find acceptance in the same words too. Both Mary and Elizabeth were on the fringes of acceptable society. Whispers from mature women about what Elizabeth’s sin could be for her to be barren. Polite talk when she was around but she probably felt the loneliness of being talked about and left out. Mary, as well, was now deemed a piece of gossip because of her obvious behavior in becoming pregnant before living with Joseph. Both ladies not only endured but praised God before and after their blessings. They didn’t let the judgment of others pull them down or make them bitter. I for one have walked a similar walk and find it’s not always easy to be the outsider. May the example of these most holy women be my guide and strength throughout my journey with Our Lord.

May 31, 2022 at 09:35 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the power of God - Cast into hell satan and all evil spirits that prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

May 31, 2022 at 09:22 AM

Amen.

May 31, 2022 at 08:26 AM

Amen. :)

May 31, 2022 at 08:20 AM

Thank you Fr. Dennis. May we all learn how to put our life in the service of God’s plan. Continued prayers for those who are alone and are grieving.

May 31, 2022 at 08:17 AM

Continued prayers here for the Ukraine and the conversion of Mr. Putin. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Ukraine. Please protect and send aid to those in Ukraine and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace – we pray for all who are working towards it and for all who are in danger from this conflict. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God, please help those in most need of thy mercy. Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us! Saint Joseph, Protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church, pray for us! Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, may your kingdom reign in Ukraine and all the world.

May 31, 2022 at 06:58 AM

Thank You Virgin Mary for your kindness and holiness.

May 31, 2022 at 05:26 AM

Novena Prayer for Pentecost -- 2022 (May 27 through June 4******************** Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love. Set our lives aflame with your gifts. Grant us wisdom to choose what is good and true; understanding to embrace your plan of salvation; right judgment to act according to your will; courage to share our faith with others; knowledge to live as disciples of Jesus Christ; reverence to respond faithfully to your grace each day; and wonder and awe in your presence. Inspire us with enthusiasm for our Catholic faith. Grant us boldness to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, and help us to bring the transforming power of the gospel to our world. We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord. AMEN.*********** OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY, GLORY BE, SIGN OF THE CROSS

Alyssa Peacock
May 31, 2022 at 07:12 AM

Amen

Katj
May 31, 2022 at 05:40 AM

Thanks to you Bill, I have been keeping the Novena daily.

Bill L
May 31, 2022 at 05:27 AM

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Life through His Spirit**************** If the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, God who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through the Spirit that dwells in you. Romans 8: 11

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