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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 31, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Zephaniah 3:14-18a
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
Luke 1:39-56

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We can picture Mary, traveling in haste to attend to the needs of her older cousin, Elizabeth. Both women, as we know, were pregnant. "Traveling in haste," as scripture recalls, Mary might not have had the most pleasant or convenient venture, to say the least. We learn that she stayed with Elizabeth for three months.

Many times in our lives we have quietly prayed the greeting of Elizabeth to Mary when she arrived. Scripture states that she shouted aloud, "Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb." Mary's reply to Elizabeth is equally as familiar to us, the beautiful prayer that we know as the "Magnificat." (Luke 1:39-56)

These two greetings, between two pregnant women, have resonated in a powerful way down through the centuries! Let us ponder the impact of these two joyful proclamations on our lives today!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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