Much commentary has ensued from this week’s selected passage from Luke’s Gospel, probably the most lengthy and continuous Marian text in Scripture. So what more can be said about it? As is the case with lectio divina, understanding and wisdom can come from a repetitive, prayerful reading.

Persons familiar with the Rosary might notice that the passage provides the basis for all five Joyful Mysteries: the first decade corresponds to the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), the second, the Visitation (Luke 1:39-560, followed by the Birth of Our Lord (Luke 2:1-20), the Presentation at the Temple (2:22-38), and the Finding in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52).

Of course, all are occasions for great joy, not only in the life of the Blessed Mother, but also for all generations of humankind for whom they herald God’s great mercy and redemption. But note the thread of sorrow that winds its way through each narrative. At the risk of raining on everyone’s parade, why reflect on this paradox? ~ Sharon Perkins (Lesson Four Reflection)

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