UNBORN WORD of the day

Mary as the first “evangelist”
July 7, 2007, 10:54 pm
Filed under: John Paul II


In today’s Gospel, Sunday, July 8, 2007, St. Luke recounts the Lord’s appointing of 72 others sent off, two by two, as evangelists. These 72 prefigured the great missionary journeys, years later, of the Apostles, St. Paul and others proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But in the first chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel, Mary (pregnant with Unborn Jesus) is presented as the “first evangelist”! Pope John Paul II explains:

“In the Visitation episode, St Luke shows how the grace of the Incarnation, after filling Mary, brings salvation and joy to Elizabeth’s house. The Saviour of men, carried in his Mother’s womb, pours out the Holy Spirit, revealing himself from the very start of his coming into the world…. St Luke also seems to invite us to see Mary as the first “evangelist”, who spreads the “good news”, initiating the missionary journeys of her divine Son.General Audience, Pope John Paul II, October 2, 1996

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