Perhaps Mary’s family was upset. Maybe the local gossip was getting hard to take. For any number of reasons Mary set out for Elizabeth and Zachary’s house in Judah. It was a place of warm welcome as Mary and Elizabeth shared the events of Mary’s pregnancy. While few words are written down, we can imagine the frank and loving conversation between these two cousins, each pregnant with a special child.

Mary’s Magnificat has given hope to mothers and families down through the ages. Take some moments to read it over slowly. What words jump out for your attention today? How is it that the Lord is doing “great things” in your life?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team