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Liturgical day: May 31st: Visitation

Gospel text (Lk 1,39-56): Mary then set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth... Mary then set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with Holy Spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, «You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true!».

And Mary said: «My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, Holy is his Name! From age to age his mercy extends to those who live in his presence. He has acted with power and done wonders, and scattered the proud with their plans. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up those who are downtrodden. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He held out his hand to Israel, his servant, for he remembered his mercy, even as he promised our fathers, Abraham and his descendants forever». Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we receive the Virgin at Zechariah and Elizabeth’s home. Just a short time before (perhaps 3 or 5 days) the Virgin Mary had received and accepted the announcement of the Archangel Gabriel. And at that very moment she became pregnant with Jesus. And the first thing she does is to go and help Elizabeth, regardless of her own comfort.

—At Elizabeth's home, St. John and Jesus chat through their respective mothers. What a nice dialogue! What a great mystery! What we would have missed if Mary had decided to stay at home!