Wednesday, November 10, 2004 +

GS 004 Elisabeth’s House in the Judean Hills

Mary calls to her cousin. Elisabeth hears Mary’s voice—her unborn child jumps in her womb.

ELISABETH. Exalted of woman and exalted the child in your womb. But why to me—why should my Lord’s mother come to me? I heard your voice—my baby in me jumped for joy. Exalted the woman who held firm. There’ll be the doing of everything the Lord promised her.

MARY. My mind glorifies the Lord, and my heart revels in God my Savior, who sees the humiliation of his servant Israel. Look: every generation shall see me exalted, for the Almighty has done great things to me and shows mercy to them who feared him from age to age. Holy is his name: he unveils his arm’s strength and scatters the proud to their hearts’ despair. He throws down the mighty and lifts up the lowly. He fills the hungry with glad things and sends away the empty rich. He remembers his mercy and befriends his servant, as he promised Abraham and all our fathers.