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Saints Are Us

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin St. Elizabeth

150528_saintscelebrated on May 31

The story comes to us from the Gospel of Luke 1:39-56. At the time of the visit, Elizabeth was carrying her son, John (the Baptist), while Mary was carrying Jesus (the Son of God). Mary went to visit her because of the extraordinary gift God bestowed on her as well as on Elizabeth, who was pregnant in her old age. She greeted Mary with “Blessed are you among women, and Blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Mary responded with her Canticle of Praise, which is known as the “Magnificat” found in the Daily Office (BCP pages 50; 65; 91; and 119). The Collect for this feast day is found in the BCP on page 240.

Faith is the vision by which we see beyond two problematic pregnancies: Mary, a teenager not living with the man to whom she is betrothed, and ELizabeth in advanced age. Both women and their sons believed they were of God, to be partners with God in the Redemptive work of the world. God acts in extraordinary ways in the world when we are willing to step out of the ordinary and cooperate in the mysterious work we are called to be a part of. Four humans (like us) said yes: Jesus, Mary, Elizabeth, and John — what is stopping you from being the hands and heart of God in your part of the world?

See you next week,

I am your bro.
John, O.C.P.

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