May 31 2008 Saturday
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
About the sources used. The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the USA, but are from sources free from copyright. They are here to present the comparable readings alongside traditional Catholic commentary as published in the Haydock Bible for your own personal study. Readings vary depending on your local calendar.
Official Readings of the Liturgy at – http://www.usccb.org/nab/readings/053108.shtml – Note. The Official Liturgical readings may not match the current NAB you may have.
Give praise, O daughter of Sion: shout, O Israel: be glad, and rejoice with all thy heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord hath taken away thy judgment, he hath turned away thy enemies: the king of Israel, the Lord, is in the midst of thee, thou shalt fear evil no more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not: to Sion: Let not thy hands be weakened. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty, he will save: he will rejoice over thee with gladness, he will be silent in his love, he will be joyful over thee in praise. The triflers that were departed from the law, I will gather together, because they were of thee: that thou mayest no more suffer reproach for them.
Haydock New Testament
Love without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, adhering to that which is good: Loving one another with brotherly love; in honour preventing one another: In solicitude not slothful: in spirit fervent: serving the Lord: Rejoicing in hope: patient in tribulation: instant in prayer: Communicating to the necessities of the saints: pursuing hospitality.
Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that rejoice, weep with them that weep: Being of one mind towards one another: not high-minded: but condescending to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Responsorial Psalm Isaiah 12:2-6
DR Challoner Text Only
Behold, God is my saviour,
I will deal confidently, and will not fear:
because the Lord is my strength, and my praise,
and he is become my salvation.
Thou shall draw waters with joy
out of the saviour’s fountains:
Praise ye the Lord, and call upon his name:
make his works known among the people:
remember that his name is high.
Sing ye to the Lord,
for he hath done great things:
shew this forth in all the earth.
Rejoice, and praise, O thou habitation of Sion:
for great is he that is in the midst of thee,
the Holy One of Israel.
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 1:39-56
And Mary rising up in those days, went into the mountainous country with haste, into a city of Juda: And she entered into the house of Zachary (Zechariah), and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb: and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said:
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.
And Mary said:
My soul doth magnify the Lord: And my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid: for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is his name. And his mercy is from generation to generations, to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent away empty.
He hath received Israel, his servant, being mindful of his mercy. As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed, for ever.
And Mary abode with her about three months: and she returned to her own house.
Haydock Commentary Zephaniah 3:14-18a (Sophonias)
Notes copied from Haydock Commentary Site
- Ver. 15. Judgment, or “condemnation.” Sept. “iniquities,” (C.) nailing to the cross the handwriting that was against thee. H. — God does not treat thee with rigour. He will be thy king. The Jews had no king for a long time. But the true Israel, of whom the prophet speaks, is continually ruled and fed by Jesus Christ, who imparts his graces abundantly. C.
- Ver. 17. Silent; constant. M. — He will accuse thee no more. Can this be understood of the Jews, who have been cast off till the fulness of the Gentiles enter the Church? To the latter all this must be applied. Few prophets inveighed against the crimes of the captives after their return. C. — But this must be deemed a punishment, unless the crimes were also removed. H.
- Ver. 18. Triflers. Lit. “trifles;” nugas. Heb. nugi, (H.) which is almost Latin. S. Jer. — These vain nothings, (C.) men who were of light dispositions, scoffers at Christ, shall be converted and honour him. W. — Sept. 17. “he will renew thee in his love, and will exult over thee in joy, as on a festival day: (18 ) and I will bring back thy bruised ones. Wo to him that has reproached her.” Aquila likewise renders by woe, or eju, oh, oi, usingit as an exclamation, though not of sorrow. Yet the term signifies, they were. S. Jer. H. — Heb. lit. “I have gathered those who were in grief for a time. They were of thee. Shame was upon them like a heavy load;” or, “they were grieved on account of the festivals disused. They were like an offering rejected,” with disgrace. C. — They lamented that they could no longer observe the solemn festivals, and this was to the pious a most intolerable burden, while libertines seem to feel as great a misery in the observance.
Haydock Commentary Romans 12:9-16
- Ver. 9. The apostle does not here prohibit that defence, by which a person, either by word or action, preserves himself from injury. This he could not condemn, since he had so often recourse to it himself, as we read in the Acts of the Apostles: and in the second to Timothy, he writes: “In my first defence no one was with me.” Be he only forbids that revenge which a person takes of his neighbour, by private means, without having recourse to legal authority. Estius.
- Ver. 13. Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Making them partakers of what you have, by relieving them. Wi.
- Ver. 16. Condescending to the humble, in the spirit of charity and sweetness. See Luke ii. 48. Wi.
Haydock Commentary Luke 1: 39-56
- Ver. 39. This city is generally supposed to be Hebron, a sacerdotal town, (Jos. xxi. 11.) situated in the mountains, to the south of Juda, and about 120 miles from Nazareth. V.
- Ver. 41. The infant leaped in her womb. According to the general opinion of the interpreters, this motion of the child at the time was not natural: and some think that God gave to S. John, even in his mother’s womb, a passing knowledge of the presence of his Redeemer. See S. Aug. in the above cited letter to Dardanus. Wi.
- Ver. 42. In the same words she is pronounced blessed by Elizabeth, and by the angel Gabriel, both inspired by the Holy Ghost, and this not only to the praise of Jesus, but for his sake, to the praise of Mary, calling her blessed, and her fruit blessed; and thus, as Ven. Bede asserts, holding her up to the veneration of both men and angels.
- Ver. 43. The mother of my Lord. A proof that Christ was truly God, and the blessed Virgin Mary truly the mother of God. Wi. — Elizabeth was a just and blessed woman; yet the excellency of the mother of God does so far surpass that of Elizabeth, and of every other woman, as the great luminary outshines the smaller stars. S. Jerom præf. in Sophon.
- Ver. 47. In God my Saviour, as appears by the Greek text, though literally in Latin, in God my salvation. Wi.
- Ver. 48. The humility of his handmaid, i.e. the humble, low, and abject condition; as perhaps might be translated both in this and in v. 52. For the blessed Virgin does not here commend and praise her own virtue of humility; as divers interpreters observe. See S. Francis de Sales, in his introduction to a devout life, part 3, c. vi. Wi. — As death entered into the world by the pride of our first parents, so was it proper that the path to life should be opened by the humility of Mary. Ven. Bede. — Not Elizabeth only, but all nations of believers are to call her blessed. Theophy.
- Ver. 51. The wise men of the Gentiles, the Pharisees and Scribes, were powerful; but these the Almighty cast down, and exalted those, who humbled themselves under his powerful hand. 1 Peter v. The Jews were proud in their strength, but their incredulity brought on them their humiliation; whilst the low and mean among the Gentiles, have by faith ascended to the summit of perfection. S. Cyril Alex. in S. Thom. catenâ aureâ. Wi.
- Ver. 53. The Jews were rich in the possession of the law, and the doctrines of the prophets; but, as they would not humbly unite themselves to the incarnate word, they were sent away empty, without faith, without knowledge, deprived of all hopes of temporal goods, excluded from the terrestrial Jerusalem, and also from that which is in heaven. But the Gentiles, oppressed with hunger and thirst, by adhering to their Lord, were filled with all spiritual gifts. S. Basil in Ps. xxxiii.
- If you would like more commentary on this passage you can CLICK HERE for the Catena Aurea for Luke 1. It’s at Catechetics Online. The second link is to their front page where you will find many resources.