(Again, if this is not your faith - read on! Look at it as fantastical history, if you must.)
So, in today's Gospel, the Virgin Mary, having just said "Yes" to the angel who asked if she'd bear the Messiah, goes out "in haste" to her cousin Elizabeth who, although waaaay past menopause, is pregnant with John the Baptist. What are Mary's first words to Elizabeth?
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His Name."
We're accustomed to all these events happening together. We read them in our minds in a funereal way that takes all the life out of them. But think about it all from Mary's point of view:
In such circumstances, I'd be tempted to throw myself a pity-party and constantly bug God with "Why me?!??!!?" Even while giving Him lip-service about trusting in His word.
Mary rejoices. Mary proclaims. Mary praises God for His mercy and favor!
He replied: "Theresa, this is how I treat all my friends."
She, wonderful woman, replied, "Well then, no wonder You've got so few!"
We've all got troubles. Finances, jobs, parents, children, just general doubts and confusions. Personally, I tend to be worse than St. Theresa with such minor things as a little mud. But I hope I can be more like Mary - who suffered along with her Son through His trials - and still "proclaimed the greatness of the Lord" and REJOICED!