Learn more about the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-05-31
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053118.cfm
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.
Mary was joyful that her cousin had finally become pregnant! Traveling in those days was hard and dangerous, but Mary knew she had to get to her cousin to help her. The infant in Elizabeth’s womb “leaped for joy” at the sound of Mary’s voice. How could a blob of tissue or a non-feeling, thinking mass respond this way? We try to dehumanize the child in the womb, but this clearly shows us we are wrong and babies truly are human, thinking and feeling. How do you protect these children that are in danger?
Prayer: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.