||Tuesday, 31 May 2016
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1:39-56.
Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,
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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 might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but 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 ,
remembering his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
A Greek 4th century homily
"Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." That was the effect of Mary's voice: it filled Elizabeth with the Holy Spirit. Like an eternal spring, with her prophetic words she sends forth a river of graces for her cousin and causes the feet of the child that is held back in her womb to move and thrill the figures of a marvelous dance. When Mary who is full of grace appears, everything overflows with joy.
Then Elizabeth cried out in a loud voice: "Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb. But who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" You are blest among women. You are the beginning of our regeneration. You have opened for us free access to paradise, and you have chased away our former sufferings. No, after you, the multitude of women will no longer be enough. Eve's heirs will no longer fear her old curse or the pain of childbirth. For Jesus Christ, humanity's redeemer, Savior of all nature, the spiritual Adam who heals the wounds of earthly human being, Jesus Christ comes forth from your sacred womb. "Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb."
wrongly attributed to St. Gregory of Neocaesarea, who is called the Thaumaturge, no. 2; PG 10, 1156f.