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dc.contributor.authorFurlong, Bethen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 572en_US
dc.description.abstractElizabeth said 'Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.' It is not always easy for me to believe that the above will happen. In this Gospel's Reading, two women's strong faith beliefs are contrasted with Zechariah's disbelief (Luke 1:20). The Gospel presents two conversations. But, Mary stayed for three months. I can well imagine many of the conversations they had _ at their equivalent of a kitchen table.||How does one live out their strong faith beliefs in 2006 in each of our individual lives? How does one self-nurture Elizabeth's and Mary's belief behaviors versus Zechariah's trait of disbelief? Is it a gift? Is it a matter of self-discipline? Does the belief behavior result from practicing all the admonitions listed in Romans Ch. 12 Reading of today?||I know in everyone's life _ at different times _ there are challenges to one's faith belief system. Perhaps, the best solution is meditation on this Gospel Reading _ God's plan for the insurmountable in each of our lives is no different now than it was for Elizabeth and Mary. Times change _ God's fulfillment of the universe does not. Unfortunately, we do not have the time nor the panoramic vision to truly appreciate this plan. But, Elizabeth calls us to be Blessed _ 'Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.' ||After writing the above at the beginning of a train ride, I had the opportunity to meet a retired divorced U.S. ex-patriate now living in Budapest. We met in a dining car on a three-hour train ride from Budapest to Nyiregyhaza and shared wonderful life and travel stories. After we parted, I immediately thought of today's Readings. It was a major life change for her to retire to a totally different culture _ in her own way, she believed, took a risk, and lives out her life plan. Perhaps, if we each looked closer and listened more, we would know many individuals in our daily lives who are mentoring to us how they too are Blessed and are living out the message that they believe: 'that was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.'en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherVisitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabethen_US
dc.titleReflection for May 31, 2006: Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.program.unitHealth Policy and Ethicsen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorFurlong, Elizabeth A.en_US 7en_US
dc.subject.local1Zephaniah 3:14-18a or Romans 12:9-16en_US
dc.subject.local2Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 1:39-56en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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