“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

The celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe allows us to pick up the story of Mary’s pregnancy (Lk 1:39-47) where we left off on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Mary, having heard from the angel of her cousin’s pregnancy, quickly goes to visit her.  Upon entering Elizabeth’s house, Mary says a word of greeting to which her cousin, in the Holy Spirit, responds that her unborn child leaped for joy at the sound of Mary’s voice.  Elizabeth calls Mary and her child blessed and she credits her for believing the Lord’s proclamation to her would come to pass.  Mary closes the passage with the words in the headline.  We can understand Mary’s exclamation.  The God-Man was in her womb!  Elizabeth and John the Baptist knew this immediately upon Mary’s arrival through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The ark of the covenant, the first tabernacle, now in their midst!  Elizabeth realized how blessed she herself was through her humble acknowledgment of her unworthiness to have God and His mother in her midst.  A beautiful Trinitarian episode.  The Father announces the incarnation through His angel, the Holy Spirit comes upon Mary after her “Fiat!”, and the Son becomes flesh.  The divine perichoresis (the penetration and indwelling of the three divine persons reciprocally in one another) in Mary is now there for Elizabeth to worship.  And it is for us to worship this day.  This same Christ is in every tabernacle the world over.  Come let us adore!  And when we receive Him in communion, He is in us.  We become tabernacles!  Closer to us than we are to ourselves, this special privilege should never go to waste.  In those fifteen minutes or so that the Lord is inside us we should be pouring ourselves out to Him.  Give Him our joys, tell Him our troubles, ask for help, pray for those who have asked intercession of us.  Take an appropriate amount of time to do this.  Stay for five or ten minutes after Mass to thank God and give Him everything.  Let our souls fully proclaim His greatness and let our spirits rejoice in our savior.  Only then can we begin to approach what Mary experienced in this exchange.

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