Luke 1: 46-48, 49-50, 53-54 (Read)
“My soul rejoices in my God.”
The Blessed Mother Mary speaks this hymn
of praise to God in the words of a humble servant,
“For He has looked upon his lowly handmaid.”
Despite her position as God’s chosen instrument,
Mary does not exalt herself; she exalts God
the Father as she professes her Magnificat.
Her soul “proclaims the greatness of the Lord.”
She glorifies the Lord, “The Almighty has done
great things for me.” Mary is truly God’s anointed
one, and the spirit of the Lord is upon her.
She “rejoices heartily in the Lord.”
We too are God’s lowly creatures, and Mary inspires
us to expect the Lord will 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
our Gospel reading. (John 1: 8)
Because of Mary’s faith, the Old Testament
promises are fulfilled, and the tide is turned.
As the Blessed Mother says, the hungry (that is who we are)
are filled with good things.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. 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?
2. 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?