Monday

LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE OF LOVE OF THY NEIGHBOUR

Luke 1: 39-42

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

39 And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.

40 And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.

41 And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

 
Before the Angel Gabriel departed from Mary, he gave her a sign – he told her that her kinswoman, Elisabeth, would herself conceive a child despite the fact that she was already too old to be able to (Luke 1:7). What was Mary’s response to this message from Gabriel? We are told that she went with haste to the house of Elisabeth (Luke 1:39). 

Why is this important? Mary could’ve adopted an introverted approach which focused on her own needs as a new mother. But she didn’t. Instead, she rose up with haste, and risked a long and treacherous journey so that she could be with the aged Elisabeth in her hour of need.
Immediately upon hearing Mary’s greeting, the child in Elisabeth’s womb leaped for joy (Luk2 1:41) and Elisabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, acknowledged the very Presence of Christ in Mary (Luke 1:42). But Jesus was not only in Mary in a physical sense (i.e. in her womb); He also filled her spirit with His very own. 

We see this in Mary’s humility and willingness to deny herself for the sake of others. And it is this same spirit of Christ that this Joyful Mystery calls us to imitate.

Our Father......


1.  Mary set out, proceeding in haste into the hill country to a town of Judah, where she entered Zechariah's 
house and greeted Elizabeth.  (Lk. 1: 39-40)  - Hail Mary...


2.  When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb.  (Lk. 1: 41)  - Hail Mary...


3.  Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  (Lk. 1: 41)  - Hail Mary...


4.  She cried out in a loud voice:  "Blessed are you among women and blest is the Fruit of your womb."
(Lk. 1: 42)  - Hail Mary...


5.  "Blest is she who trusted that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."  (Lk. 1: 45)  - Hail Mary...


6.  Then Mary said:  "My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior."  
(Lk. 1: 46-47)  - Hail Mary...


7.  "For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness;  all ages to come shall call me blessed."  (Lk. 1: 48)  
- Hail Mary...


8.  "God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is his name."  (Lk. 1: 49)  - Hail Mary...


9.  "His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him."  (Lk. 1: 50)  - Hail Mary...


10.  Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home.  (Lk. 1: 56)  - Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 




One of the wonders of God’s plan is that he chooses to associate souls, one to another, so that they help each other on their journey. As cousins, Mary and Elizabeth share a bond of kinship. But they also share a spiritual kinship because of how the Holy Spirit is acting in their lives, fashioning the Messiah and his prophet deep inside their wombs. During those months, Mary and Elizabeth don’t just sit around waiting. They are working, preparing for Elizabeth’s baby, quietly conversing, and praying. Together, they are like a little monastic community. In our lives too, God gives us spiritual friendships and soul-mates who help us grow closer to him. Sometimes he links our lives together for a larger purpose that will reveal itself with time. In this mystery, ask Mary to help you and your spiritual friends listen carefully for God’s voice in your lives, so that you can walk with him and with each other.
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