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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: May 31, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Model of faith, love and a grace filled life. O dearest blessed Mother Mary pray for us. Help us follow in your footsteps, that we may made worthy of the promises of Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ.

Docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit you journeyed to visit your cousin to share the most precious and wonderful news. You carried your Son and brought great joy to all. May we always be moved to do likewise.

In everything you said and did, you glorified the Lord our God. You proclaimed the greatness of our God and the promise of our salvation fulfilled. Blessed are you indeed among all women. May we have your courage and zeal to share in the same truth.

O dearest Mother of our Lord Jesus, our Mother, pray for us. Amen

First reading
Zephaniah 3:14-18

Shout for joy, daughter of Zion,
Israel, shout aloud!
Rejoice, exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has repealed your sentence; he has driven your enemies away.
The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst; you have no more evil to fear.

When that day comes, word will come to Jerusalem: Zion, have no fear, do not let your hands fall limp.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult with joy over you,
he will renew you by his love;
he will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival.

Luke 1:39-56

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ And Mary said:

‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my saviour; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name, and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors – of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.