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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 31, A.D. 2001

: Romans 12:9-16
Isaiah 12:5-6
Luke 1:39-54

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst" (Zephaniah 3:l5).

How our dear Blessed Mother must have been bursting with joy! For the Lord was growing now within her womb. She didn't fully understand all that the angel said to her, but she knew she had to be with her aged cousin Elizabeth, now six months pregnant with tiny John the Baptist.

Mary had a long journey and much time to ponder all that had happened in her short life. When she greeted Elizabeth, baby John stirred in Elisabeth's womb. Even the child knew he was in the presence of the Savior. Elizabeth knew through the power of the Holy Spirit that she was in the presence of God and His holy Mother!

"Blessed is she who trusted that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled" (Luke l:45). Mary responds with the familiar words of the Magnificat, her Fiat to her God with whom she has had a deep relationship. She says, "God who is mighty has done great things for me" (Luke l, 49).

Every time I hear these words, I think of all the great things God has done for me and continues to do for me on a daily basis. He has given me life and continues to sustain my life; He feeds me with His Body and Blood; He has given me a family in whom I can find Jesus; He has given me all of creation to use and enjoy and to ponder the majesty and wonder of our God. He has given me the great gift of faith to believe that I can trust Him and know that He is with me always and will never leave me. Have you proclaimed the greatness of our God today??

Oh Holy Spirit, make my heart like that of Mary. Make it docile and receptive to God's will. Let it be a heart that is open, loving, responsive and trusting. Amen!

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)
(Diocese of Rockville Centre)

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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