Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Minute Meditations: The Visitation

In honor of the Month of the Most Holy Rosary, I'm running a series of "Minute Meditations" on the 20 mysteries of the Rosary. 

When I contemplate the second Joyful Mystery, The Visitation, I like to think of the great joy Mary must have experienced as she hiked to the hill country to visit her cousin, Elizabeth.  Mary was around 14 years old and must have been full of youthful energy.  Add to that the joy of being chosen to become the mother of the Messiah, and she must have been literally bursting with joy.  I wouldn't be surprised if she even skipped and danced a bit on the long journey.

When Mary arrives at her cousin's home, she proclaims her beautiful canticle, The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).  A canticle is a song, and I imagine Mary had the loveliest singing voice. 

Every time we pray the Rosary, we fulfill the prophecy in Mary's Magnificat that all generations will call her "blessed."  When you pray your Rosary today, ask Mary to share her great joy with you.

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