Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Sunday, May 31, 2015

"My Spirit Rejoices in God My Savior"

Jacopo Pontormo 


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,
“Most 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,
he 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 for ever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.
Lk 1:39-56

"In professing her fiat, Mary believed in something impossible, and later, with unwavering faith, awaited its fulfillment. Contrary to all rational premises, she believed in God, and when she was confronted with new experiences she invariably adopted only this attitude."

(In the Arms of Mary pg. 124)


  1. You know, I didn't put it together until JUST NOW why I love the Visitation so much--it's because it was the occasion of my favorite New Testament canticle!

  2. I'm with Barb in that revelation! I mean, I knew but I didn't KNOW until it came together in a new way this morning. Exultávit spíritus meus...

  3. And what makes it even more meaningful to me is it was the joy between two humble women that it came to be!


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