Monday, December 21, 2009


Today’s Gospel brings us to meditate on the second Joyful Mystery: Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth. The two holy women have been the recipients of God’s special favor: the gift of a child. For Elizabeth, her child is a most unexpected gift in her old age; for Mary, her child is an even more precious gift: the very Son of God.

Together with Elizabeth, we greet and proclaim Mary as “the Mother of our Lord” and “the Woman of Faith.” In this Eucharistic celebration, let us open our hearts to welcome Jesus, who is brought to us by his Most Holy Mother to be our Brother, Savior, and Model.

Mary set out in those days 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.”