THE MAGNIFICAT

(May 31 feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth)

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

* “Moved with charity, therefore, Mary goes to the house of her
kinswoman.... While every word of Elizabeth is filled with meaning,
her final words would seem to have a fundamental importance:
‘And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of
what had been spoken to her from the Lord’ (Lk 1:45). These
words can be linked with the title ‘full of grace’ of the angel’s
greeting. Both of these texts reveal an essential Mariological
content, namely, the truth about Mary who has become really
present in the mystery of Christ because she ‘has believed,’ the
fullness of grace announced by the angel means the gift of God
himself. Mary’s faith proclaimed by Elizabeth indicated how the
Virgin of Nazareth responded to this gift. - Redemptorist Mater by Saint John Paul II

photo: The Visitation by Frans Fracken
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