THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 31st, 2016
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Liturgical texts here
Visitation, by Franz Anton Pmaulbertsch (1724-1796)
WHEN this present and coming Trial is over, a smaller but purified Church will emerge in a more purified world. There will rise from her soul a song of praise… the song of the Woman, who is a mirror and hope of the Church to come.
It is to her as Mother and Model that the Church must look in order to understand in its completeness the meaning of her own mission. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Redemptoris Mater, n. 37
A new hymn I will sing to my God. (Judith 16:13)
MAGNIFICAT OF THE WOMAN
There will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as in a Second Pentecost, to renew the face of the earth, to set ablaze with Divine Love the hearts of the faithful remnant who will cry out:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! (Today’s Gospel)
There will be great joy in the victory of Jesus over Satan who will have been chained for a “thousand years”:symbolic of a “period”, not literal
My spirit rejoices in God my savior.
The beatitude that the meek shall inherit the earth will become a reality:
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness.
The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the triumph of the remnant Church who held fast to the Word. And the world will recognize the great love Jesus has for His Bride, the Church, who will rightly say:
Behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Church will recall the miracles which took place during the Trial…
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
…and the great Mercy God bestowed upon the world before the Day of Justice began.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.
The proud will have been humbled:
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
And the rulers of the New World Order utterly destroyed.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
The Eucharistic celebration, held in clandestine settings during the Trial, will truly become a universal celebration.
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
The prophecies regarding the whole people of God will reach their fulfillment in the “son” whom the Woman gave birth to: the unity of Gentiles and Jews and of the entire Christian Church.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
SONG OF THE AGES
What belongs to Mary belongs to us. The Magnificat becomes our own. It was fulfilled when Mary conceived and gave birth to Jesus. It was fulfilled at the Resurrection. It will be fulfilled during the Era of Peace. And it will ultimately be fulfilled when Jesus returns in Final Judgment to create a New heavens and a New earth, and to take His Bride unto Himself for eternity.
Holy Mary… you became the image of the Church to come… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi, n.50
When these days of darkness feel as though they are overwhelming us, we should open this passage in Luke and read it again. Evil will not triumph. Darkness will not prevail. With the Lord at my side, whom shall I fear?
God indeed is my saviour; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD… (Today’s Psalm)
In Christ, we have already won. And those who are consecrated to Jesus through Mary, who is “full of grace”, are safe-guarded in the refuge of her Heart. What was said of her, is likewise said of the Church, of those who remain faithful to Jesus, as was Mary:
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! …The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies… Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty saviour. (First reading)
…the Canticle of Mary, the Magnificat (Latin) or Megalynei (Byzantine) is the song both of the Mother of God and of the Church; the song of the Daughter of Zion and of the new People of God; the song of thanksgiving for the fullness of graces poured out in the economy of salvation. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2619
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