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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 31, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

In my life I have had countless visits by our Blessed Mother Mary. She has always been with me through all my difficulties, trials and challenges. Comforting me and always giving me hope in moments of despair. At an early age I was taught by mum to say three Hail Mary’s to invoke her help, whenever I was faced with difficulty; however that did not really sink it till much later. It was only in my teens that I began to feel and know she was present, and painful moments was soothed away by her loving presence. She was there when I was bullied, when I got into fights, when my heart was broken by my first girlfriend and especially when I questioned by faith and beliefs as a young adult. Loving mother that she is, her greatest desire was for me to grow in love of her son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I firmly believe that it is through the loving intercession of both my maternal mother and my blessed Mother in Heaven that I am where I am today. A man of God, constantly striving to grow in love and Holiness. So as to lead others to do likewise.

Sisters and brothers in Christ. Our Blessed Mother was given to us by our loving Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to accompany us on our arduous journey home to Him. We have been given the great gift of the Holy Rosary to help us grow in faith, love and to guard us against evil. So let us pray the Rosary often and fervently, so that together with our Blessed Mother we will magnify and glorify the Lord our God in all that we say and do. Amen

First reading

Zephaniah 3:14-18 †
The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst

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The Lord has repealed your sentence;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.

Gospel

Luke 1:39-56
The Almighty has done great things for me

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.