My Spirit Rejoices – Reflection on Luke 1:39-56
Like me, you have likely had the emotion of your heart leaping for joy when you expect your child’s birth. If you are older, the feeling repeats for your child’s children. I am sure you smile with happiness when you hear people talking about the joy of their children. I am certain you have times when you can say my spirit rejoices and you feel your pumping heart. These include deeply caring for someone, encountering value from the Word, when prayers are fulfilled, and communicating with faith-filled people. These joyful human emotions join the Holy Spirit’s prompting to create an invitation to talk, become brother or sister, pray together, help recognize Christ in each other, and magnify the Lord. To be blessed and to bless God, is the same fruit possible as Mary and Elizabeth from our unique spiritual wombs.
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Luke 1:39-56 – Scripture*
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
Mary’s Song of Praise
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Luke 1:39-56 Reflection – My Spirit Rejoices.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Luke 1 passage.