The Holy Spirit, Source of Passion

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The Feast of the Visitation, based on Luke 1:39-56

  In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

  And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Joan Bukrey, O.S.F.

Since 1989 Joan Bukrey , OSF has been a full time preacher with the Thomas More Center in Webster, WI . As part of the team, she travels with Mike Champlin, OP and Nick Punch, OP (Central Province) giving parish missions in USA, Australia and New Zealand. Joan is a member of The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in Milwaukee, WI. Her background includes teaching, parish work, adult formation and now preaching. She has a Masters degree in religious studies from St. Louis, University. She was born and raised in St. Paul, MN USA.