Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blessed Virgin Mary

The angel comes to Mary and greets her with "Blessed are you among women!"

Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth. She greets Elizabeth with "My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.... All generations will call me blessed" and tells why they will do so.

At the sound of Mary's song about God's keeping His promise of mercy, baby John leaps in Elizabeth's womb for joy, and Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit and responds to Mary's greeting, "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!"

Elizabeth was the first of "all generations" to call Mary "blessed." And why did she choose those words? Because it was the word of God spoken by the angel, and told her by the one who heard the angel.

And why do we call Mary blessed among women? Because we too heard what Elizabeth said that Mary said that Gabriel said that God said.

Trickle-down theology. Yup.

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