“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord” ~ Luke 1:46
In today’s Gospel (Luke 1:46-56) we revisit our Eternal Blessed Mother’s ‘Magnificat,’ that precious moment in time when Mary gave the Lord her heart and her body, thus achieving divine perfection in attaining God’s will for her. She gave everything.
The Advent Season affords us the opportunity to partake of some honest introspection, to perform a “spiritual audit” if you will. Mary’s very soul proclaimed loudly and clearly the greatness of the Lord by virtue of her response to his call.
Salvation is a gift from God. The gift from God. It cannot be earned. Each and every one of us however owns our response to that gift. Amidst the joyful anticipation of the Christmas Season, the altar decor, the candles, the colors, and all the other vivid and beautiful symbolism we as Catholics bask in during this time of year, there still remains perched high atop the altar the Crucifix. The cross was Jesus’ earthly fate, a fate that befell him as the result of his “yes.” As we await the coming of our Savior, one can’t help but reflect upon what the King of Kings would go on to endure thirty-some years later, all so that we may be saved. Again, what is our response?
Mary’s Magnificat announces with the greatest of clarity and joy the coming of the Messiah. We too in our own way can do the same. We too can bring hope, faith, joy and yes, peace into the lives of those we encounter. May our souls, through our thoughts, words, choices and actions, always proclaim the greatness of our Lord.
“O God, who, seeing the human race fallen into death, willed to redeem it by the coming of your Only Begotten Son, grant, we pray, that those who profess his Incarnation with humble fervor may merit his company as their Redeemer” ~ Amen