Luke 1: 46-48, 49-50, 53-54 (Read)
"The Almighty has done great things for me."
Mary, the mother of our Lord, speaks this
psalm of praise (the Magnificat) to God
in the words of a humble servant:
“For he has looked upon his handmaid’s
Despite her elevated position as God’s
chosen instrument, Mary does not exalt
herself – she exalts God the Father.
"My soul proclaims the greatness of
She glorifies the Lord;
“The Mighty One has done great things
Mary is truly God’s anointed one,
and the spirit of the Lord is upon her;
"My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
And Mary inspires us;
we too are God’s lowly creatures
and should expect the Lord
to do great things for us as well.
We too should expect to be singled out
by the Lord to do His work.
This is our food (to do the Lord’s work),
just as it was for Jesus the Son.
Mary testifies to the light, as does
John the Baptist in Sunday's Gospel.
(John 1: 6-9)
Because of Mary’s faith,
the Old Testament promises are fulfilled,
and the tide is turned. As the Psalm says,
“The hungry [that is who we are] are filled
with good things.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Blessed Mother says, "The Almighty has done great things for me."
In what way do you also believe that God has done great things for you,
and how have you responded?
2. Mary declares that God has filled the 'hungry' with good things.
Do you consider yourself one of the hungry ones? And if so, in what way
has the Lord fed you with good things?