This Feast marks the origin of the Magnificat, Mary’s song, and it is indeed given as the Gospel reading for today. It is good also to reflect on the aged Elisabeth, who comes in humility bearing her own child, the future John the Baptist, within her. She said to Mary, ‘Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord’.

There are all kinds of apparently impossible matters in which it is asked of us to put our trust entirely in the Lord. In doing so, we shall be blessed. May you know the truth of this today, and find joy and peace.