The joy of having Jesus



The atmosphere surrounding this mystery that we contemplate in the Holy Rosary, the atmosphere that permeates the episode of the Visitation is joy; the mystery of the Visitation is a mystery of joy. John the Baptist exults with joy in the womb of St. Elizabeth; Elizabeth, filled with joy for the gift of motherhood, bursts forth in blessings to the Lord; Mary raises the Magnificat, a hymn overflowing with messianic joy. To Elizabeth's praises, Our Lady responds with this song of jubilation. The home of Zechariah and Elizabeth exudes the purest spirit of the Old Testament. And Mary encloses in her womb the Mystery that will give way to the New. The Magnificat is "the canticle of the messianic times, in which the joy of the old and the new Israel converge (...). The canticle of the Virgin, by expanding, has become the prayer of the Church of all times".

It is in this environment that the expression of what Mary has kept in her heart has its full meaning. The Magnificat is the purest manifestation of her intimate secret, revealed by the angel. There is no fuss or artifice in it: these words are the mirror of Our Lady's soul; a soul full of greatness and so close to her Creator: My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.


And along with this song of joy and humility, Our Lady has left us a prophecy: henceforth all generations will call me blessed. "From the earliest times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of Mother of God, to whose protection the faithful, in all their dangers and needs, have recourse with their prayers. And especially since the Council of Ephesus, the cult of the people of God towards Mary has grown marvelously in veneration and love, in invocations and desire for imitation, in conformity with her prophetic words: "Henceforth all generations will call me blessed, because the Almighty has done great things in me".

Our Holy Mother Mary did not distinguish herself by prodigious deeds; we do not know from the Gospel that she worked miracles while she was on earth; few, very few, are the words that the inspired text has preserved for us about her. Her life in the face of others was that of an ordinary woman, who had to provide for her family. Who could count the praises, the invocations, the shrines in her honor, the offerings, the Marian devotions...? For twenty centuries, people of every kind and condition have called her blessed: intellectuals and people who cannot read, kings, warriors, artisans, men and women, the elderly and children who are beginning to babble.... 


  We are now fulfilling that prophecy. Hail Mary, full of grace..., blessed art thou among women..., we say to her in the intimacy of our heart.

In a particular way we have invoked her throughout this month of May, "but the month of May cannot end; it must continue in our lives, because veneration, love, devotion to the Virgin cannot disappear from our hearts, indeed, it must grow and manifest itself in a witness of Christian life, modeled after the example of Mary, the name of the beautiful flower that I always invoke // morning and evening, as Dante Alighieri sings (Paradiso 23, 88)". In treating Mary, we discover Jesus. "How would Jesus' joyful gaze be: the same that would shine in the eyes of his Mother, who cannot contain her joy - "Magnificat anima mea Dominum!" -and her soul glorifies the Lord, since she bears Him within herself and at her side.

"Oh, Mother: may ours be, like yours, the joy of being with Him and of having Him

HAblar con Dios