She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my Saviour; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations shall call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name, and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down the princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy – according to the promise he made to our ancestors – of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.” (Luke 1: v40-56)
Meditation: When Mary went to visit Elizabeth, her coming caused marvels of grace. Today again Mary comes to visit us. Like Elizabeth we say “How happy am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me.” Jesus, we thank you for sharing your Divine Life with us through Mary. We thank you that you chose to come to us through Mary. May we receive you and immediately desire to give you to others, like Mary.
Eternal Father, by the merits of the visitation, teach us to follow the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so as to know how to bring Christ to our brothers and to be able to glorify you in song and holiness of life.
Mary my Mother pray for me so that imitating your love I will take Jesus to my neighbour.