May 31, 2006

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Category: Communion of Saints — Micah @ 12:00 am

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Good day, and welcome to Communion of Saints from stjeromeschapel.org. I’m your host, Micah Jackson. Today is May 31st, 2006: the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Today we recall that famous meeting between the Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth. Both women were overjoyed to be seeing each other again, especially since both women were miraculously pregnant. Any motherhood is a miracle, of course, so perhaps they can be forgiven for not knowing yet what would happen to their sons–Jesus and John the Baptizer.

It’s at this meeting that Mary sings the song that we know as the Magnificat, that beautiful song of faith in God as one who would keep his promises of peace and justice for the whole world.

I’ve been thinking about community a lot lately, and I think that this story is an important example of how we should live in response to God’s gifts. The very first thing that Mary and Elizabeth do when they realize the wonderful things God has done for them is to rejoice together, singing and praying their thanksgiving, not just by themselves, but in concert with one another. What a beautiful lesson these women have for us.

When we discover God’s blessings for us, we should be quick to share them with others. After all, a joy shared, like a flame passed from candle to candle, is not divided, but is increased with every person who celebrates with us. And what better thing to celebrate and shout from the rooftops but the news that Mary has to share with us, that Jesus the Savior is coming into the world. No wonder John, in Elizabeth’s womb, leapt with joy.

Zephaniah says it well, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing, as on a day of festival.” (Zephaniah 3:14-18)

May the joy of Elizabeth and Mary ring out through time, and enter your heart, allowing you to join in their song of thanksgiving and hope at the coming of the Messiah.

Let us pray: Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thank you for listening to Communion of Saints. Please join us tomorrow at stjeromeschapel.org for the feast of Blessed Justin Martyr. I’m Micah Jackson. May God be with you.

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