Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
The Visitation is the visit of Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, to St. Elizabeth [5 November], who was pregnant with [St.] John the Baptist [24 June, 29 August], as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Book of Zephaniah, chapter three, verses fourteen thru eighteen(a);
or, the Letter to the Romans, chapter twelve, verses nine thru sixteen;
The Book of Isaiah, chapter twelve, verses two & three, four(b/c/d/), & five & six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses thirty-nine thru fifty-six.
Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel tells of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. I’ve always been fascinated by Mary’s "haste" in this story of the Visitation. Upon hearing the message of Gabriel concerning her own pregnancy and that of her cousin, Mary "proceeded in haste into the hill country of Judah" to see Elizabeth.Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Why did she go with such speed and purpose? Because she had found her mission, her role in the theo-drama. We are dominated today by the ego-drama in all of its ramifications and implications. The ego-drama is the play that I’m writing, I’m producing, I’m directing, and I’m starring in. We see this absolutely everywhere in our culture. Freedom of choice reigns supreme: I become the person that I choose to be.
The theo-drama is the great story being told by God, the great play being directed by God. What makes life thrilling is to discover your role in it. This is precisely what has happened to Mary. She has found her role—indeed a climactic role—in the theo-drama, and she wants to conspire with Elizabeth, who has also discovered her role in the same drama. Like Mary, we have to find our place in God’s story.
Video reflection by Matthew Leonard (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Formed.org.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Giacomo Salomoni, Priest, O.P. (1231-1314, the "Father of the Poor;" Anglicized as James Salomone): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Camilla Battista da Varano, Abbess, O.S.C. (1458-1524), stigmatist: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Stigmata-link & Wikipedia-link Stigmata.
'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Robert Thorpe, Priest, & Thomas Watkinson, Martyrs (died 1591), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, two of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link Romeo Tango, Martyr-link Tango Whiskey, & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.
Papal Quote o' the Day
"More than any other person, Mary was aware of God's love for her, of all the great things the Lord has done for her. Mary's life was a response to God's love."Little Flower Quote o' the Day
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
"So that is all that Jesus wants from us, He does not need our accomplishments, only our love. He thirsts for love."Saint Quote o' the Day
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
"Christ was Himself the great sacrament. Because he was the Word-made-flesh. Because He was the God-man. We would have seen that He was a man, but we would have known that He was the Son of God."
—Venerable Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)