Today we commemorate Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. St. Luke recounts that as Elizabeth was greeting Mary, Elizabeth’s baby, John, leaped with joy within her womb.
Mary’s song is especially important. Known as the Magnificat (from the first word in the Latin version), it is a song of praise for being given the job of bearing the Son of God. Despite the likely ostracism of her family and townspeople, despite the hardships of appearing to be an adulteress to everyone around her, she gladly took on the task of bearing the incarnate Word.
Take a few minutes to read Mary’s song. Memorize it if you can. Ask God to help you take on difficult jobs. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ or Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.