May 30, 2000
volume 11, no. 100

DAILY LITURGY for TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY - May 30 and 31, 2000

Tuesday, May 30, 2000

      First Reading: Acts 16: 22-34
      Psalms: Psalm Psalm 138: 1-3, 7-8
      Gospel Reading: John 16: 5-11

Wednesday, May 31, 2000

      First Reading: Zephania 3: 14-18 or Romans 12: 9-16
      Psalms: Isaiah 12: 2-6
      Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 39-56


       The Visitation of Mary, the Second Joyful Mystery, commemorates the account in Luke 1: 39-45, in which the Blessed Virgin Mary travels to meet and assist her pregnant cousin Elizabeth who is carrying her son John the Baptist in her womb. Both women, with child greet one another in a spirit of genuine love and caring. We get the significance of this union when we read that "the baby [John] leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!'" This last phrase means, in the Hebrew idiom: "More blessed art thou than any other woman on earth." Elizabeth's joyous greeting and faith in the Lord though she did not physically see the Christ child sets a precedence for Christ's words later in John 6: 40 and John 20: 29 - "Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed." The meeting of the two also prompted the renowned words in which Our Lady proclaims the glories of God while asserting her humble fiat before the Almighty One in the Magnificat.


May 30, 2000
volume 11, no. 100

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