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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 31, 2014

0a43faba8f360632d5aaceb4680ad57d_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 1:39-56

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Reflection on the gospel reading: In Christian tradition, much of the celebration of the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth concentrates on the gift of presence that Mary gives to her cousin Elizabeth. Mary is several months pregnant, but when she hears her older kinswoman is with child, she travels to her to keep her company. Mary’s offer of companionship to Elizabeth, however, is not the only gift the visitation celebrates. To all appearances, Mary is something of an unwed mother, but the older woman appreciates that appearances are sometimes deceptive. The gift Elizabeth gives to Mary is understanding. When we celebrate the feast of the visitation each year, as we do today, we give witness to the importance of presence and understanding in every human interaction.

Spiritual reading: It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. (Irish Proverb)

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