Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Feast, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
May 31, 2006
Feast, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - B
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and
exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed
the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of
Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to
fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be
not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior;
He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He
will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of
Judah, 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 the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their
conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has 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
for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our
fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever." Mary remained with her
about three months and then returned to her home.
Today's feast, the Visitation, is a celebration of hope. Without hope,
is there anything in the world that we might possibly find attractive?
We need hope. Just look about the world, not only in our country, but
throughout the entire world. Immense stores of hatred, selfishness and
cynicism that motivate the most inhuman crimes assault our senses. The
brutality, the animal passions let loose are portrayed vividly in print
and picture and show a world without hope.
The world our Lady was born into was undoubtedly more hopeless, for
Christ was not yet conceived in it. Christ had not yet become a part of
our humanity. Then our Lady said "yes" to God, and the child she bore
was indeed God's own Son. As fully human as he was divine, he would
make known in our world his Father's love for us, his promise of
redemption and the hope that this promise bears. Our Lady carrying
within her womb the Love of God, and journeying to Elizabeth, the child
in her womb blessing and quickening the child Elizabeth carried: this
is the symbol of our hope, it is the pledge that our hope will be
fulfilled, it is the promise that we, the human race, can grow to the
maturity needed to attain salvation.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Aida.
- for the complete healing of Elvie Lazaga
- for the special intention of Carlos and Emma.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Natividad Cuasay Diangkinay.
Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Pablo D. Guiñabo
- Wedding Anniversary: Ted & Jessie Go
- In Memoriam (+): Lourdes Q. Estrada
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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