December 22

Luke 1:46-56

The Canticle of Mary

OPTION 1: Mary is the first one who said “Yes!” totally and always during all her life to the Word of God and to the will of God. She always trusted God even when she did not fully understand in the beginning of God’s message. Her words: “May it be done to me according to your word,” were repeated all throughout her daily and hidden life. She tried to know what God wanted for her.

She believed that the baby she conceived, gave birth to, nursed, saw growing before her eyes as a boy, adolescent, young man and adult was the Savior, the Son of God and the Emmanuel.

When Jesus was persecuted and condemned to death by the religious and civil authorities, Mary continued believing in Jesus and she stood at the foot of the cross hoping with Him though everything seemed meaningless (Jn. 19:25-27). It’s good if we’re like her.

In today’s gospel, we heard her song to the Lord after St. Elizabeth greeted her. We called this in Latin Magnificat. It acknowledges God’s saving deeds. It celebrates God’s action for the poor and the lowly. God confronts the proud and reverses the fortunes of the mighty and the self-satisfied. In this Magnificat also, we see Mary as a model of those Christians who believe that God is just and merciful, who puts down the mighty from their thrones, fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich empty away,” (Luke 1:52-53).

This Magnificent of Mary is an example of empowerment where people especially the lowly are given power not to dominate but power to become self-governing and self-nourishing where they have to grow in their faith and trust in God. Where they have to be converted and this true conversion in them will lead them to change the unjust and inhuman structures of our society today.

But because of pride, we lose contact with the world. We don’t know how to be with the people; we don’t know how to relate them and we could not understand them.

Pride is an attempt to create an impression that we are what actually are not. Pride is the result of one’s ignorance. The more ignorant the person is of himself, the more pride can be observed in his behavior.

And so let us look at ourselves and like Mary, we receive blessings, favors and graces from God especially the grace of courage and conversion. Then, like Mary, can we write and sing our own Magnificat or our song of praise and thanksgiving for these many blessings that we receive? For this faith and trust that God has given to us?

See Today’s Readings: Year I,   Year II

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