Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of the Visitation. The Visitation is the 2nd Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. This is when Mary...pregnant with our sweet baby Jesus... travels the hillsides to visit her cousin Elizabeth...who just happens to be pregnant with John the Baptist! The moment Elizabeth saw Mary coming, the baby in her womb leapt with joy...for he knew that the baby Mary was carrying was indeed our Savior. Elizabeth was the first to proclaim Mary as the Mother of God. Today Mary proclaims the greatness of our Lord when she proclaims the Magnificat:
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.