Meditation on the Visitation
Before Each Hail Mary:
1. The Virgin Mary, now the Mother of God and the real Ark of the Covenant, contemplates what the Angel told Her about Her cousin, Elizabeth, being in the sixth month with child. Instead of relishing in being the Mother of God, She worries that her cousin might need Her help. She asks Joseph to take her to visit her cousin right away.
2. Zachary, a high priest and Elizabeth, his wife were both
elderly. They had never had children and this saddened them greatly. When
Zachary took his turn to offer sacrifice in the Holy of Holies of the
3. When Mary and
Joseph came to their house in Juda, the baby in
4. Filled with the
“Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why would the Mother of my Lord come to me?”
This was the first recognition that Mary was the Mother of God and that God had become Man. Mary did not deny it, but answered with Her great canticle of love:
“My soul magnifies the Lord and My spirit rejoices in God my savior, etc.”
5. “My soul magnifies the Lord.” Think about that statement.
Mary is prophesying that we will be able to see and understand God more through
Her than with our own efforts. It turned out to be
true at the council of
6. In Luke, we then
find that Mary stayed with
7. Zachary got his speech back just in time to prophesy saying “God has visited us and brought redemption to his people.” Looking at his son, he said: “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest, for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways…”
8. When Herod vowed
to kill all the first born children of
9. When Joseph came to pick up Mary three months later, he saw that she was pregnant and an Angel of the Lord appeared to him, informing him that the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was the awaited Messiah.
10. During these nine months of pregnancy Mary was the Tabernacle of God, in a more perfect way than He is now in all the Tabernacles throughout the world. In Her was Emmanuel (God with us) and the Christ (the redeemer).