Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin to Elizabeth

"And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (Luke 1:41,42) These words from Sacred Scripture have formed the beautiful prayer the Hail Mary. From these words we honor not worship Mary. There is something else that happens at the Visitation. It is fitting to call Mary blessed because she bore Christ, however it is her faith that is at the center of why we can call Mary blessed.

Our Protestant brothers, who proclaim salvation by faith alone, should also honor Mary because at the heart of Mary is her faith in her son Jesus Christ. As Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio at The Crossroads Initiative explains:
If I were to ask you to name the first beatitude, you’d probably say “blessed be the poor in Spirit.”  According to Matthew you’d be right, but not according to Luke.  At the very beginning of his gospel, Luke reveals that the very first beatitude is uttered by a woman filled with the Spirit, speaking of another woman overshadowed by the Spirit.  Elizabeth says, “Blessed is she who has believed.” (Luke 1: 45).  (read more)

Mary's entire life is based on faith. This is why she is considered the first disciple and in many ways, the way we come to Jesus. The evidence is drawn from Sacred Scripture and we should, with the help of the Holy Spirit, call Mary blessed as Elizabeth did so many years ago.

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