Mary said: «My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, Holy is his Name! From age to age his mercy extends to those who live in his presence. He has acted with power and done wonders, and scattered the proud with their plans. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up those who are downtrodden. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He held out his hand to Israel, his servant, for he remembered his mercy, even as he promised our fathers, Abraham and his descendants forever».
Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home.
Every child is the new hope to the family. When the family understands this as a gift, we value not only the gift, but importantly the giver of this gift. We have today Mary, Elizabeth and Anne giving thanks to God for the gift of life.
In Mary this gift is not to her or to a single community or time, it is for the eternity and to the whole universe. Once we realise the greatness of the gift, we discover, through this visible gift, the greatness of the Giver, God.
Through Mary and with her, we are called to discover the great Gift that God has given to us. Through this gift, God has decided to give Himself to us. It is up to us to receive God in us.
By imitating the way Mary did, let us learn to discover in this little Child, the Creator. Just like Mary, let us be open to the newness of life events. In this openness, let us be available to the need of others. In these events, though small or little, they may appear to us, let us not fail to see the great work that God wishes to accomplish in and through us. It is by doing these that we will be able to realise His desire to enter into our hearts and be ready to welcome Him.
«My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior!»
Fr. Francesc PERARNAU i Cañellas
Today's Gospel presents for our consideration the Magnificat Canticle, with which the Virgin Mary, full of joy, greets Elizabeth, her relative, mother of John the Baptist, in her home. Mary's words remind us of other Biblical canticles and songs She knew quite well and had so often, recited and contemplated. Now. however, those very words, on her lips, have a much deeper meaning: behind them, God's Mother spirit shows through while also evincing the purity of her heart. Every day, at the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church makes these words hers when, with the Vespers, the Church addresses to Heaven the same song with which Mary rejoiced, blessed and thanked God for all His graciousness and sheer kindness.
Mary has benefited of the most extraordinary Grace any woman has ever received or will ever receive: amongst all other women in History, she has been chosen by God, to become the Mother of the Redeemer Messiah, whom Mankind had been awaiting for so many centuries. It is the highest honor ever granted any human person, and She accepts it with total restraint and humility, by realizing it all is Grace and a gift, and her own lowliness before the immensity of God's power and greatness, which has done wonders on Her (cf. Lk 1:49). This is a great lesson of humility for all of us, Adam's sons, and heirs of a human nature deeply stained by Original Sin which, day after day, would try to drag us down.
We are getting close to the end of Advent, a time of conversion and purification. To day, it is the Virgin Mary who is showing us the best way. Mulling over our Mother's prayer —by wishing to make it ours— will help us to become more humble. Mother Mary will help us if we truly ask her.