The Promise of Jesus' Birth
Today's reading is the revelation to Mary that she will be a mother, giving birth to a son who is chosen by God to inherit David's throne. Mary is related to Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. Having heard of both miraculous pregnancies, Mary travels to visit Elizabeth. Both women celebrate these miracles together in private, praising God. (One wonders what they both must have talked about while they were together.) Then Mary offers a famous prayer, set to music many times over the centuries, known as the Magnificat -- beginning, "My soul magnifies the Lord."
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