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DEC.22. ADVENT. WK. 4. TUES. (B) LK. 1. 46-56

Mary said:


“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

and my spirit exults in God my saviour;

because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.

Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,

for the Almighty has done great things for me.

Holy is his name,

and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.

He has shown the power of his arm,

he has routed the proud of heart.

He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.

He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy

– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –

of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.”


Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.


What this scripture reading gives us is Mary’s considered response to being asked to be The Mother of God, and what it reveals is that she credits everything on God’s Wisdom and Love, referring to herself as a “his lowly servant”!


If only Christians today would imitate this humble approach to their earthly life, rather than seeking and desiring a ‘successful’ or ‘comfortable’ life? There is a powerful lesson here from the new Mother of God, and that is we are his creatures, with a duty and obligation to put the Will of our Creator before everything else!


Mary acknowledges openly that she has been blessed! “The Almighty has done great things for me” and “from this day forward all generations will call me blessed”, but she takes absolutely no credit to herself, going on to praise the wisdom and actions of her God!


Holy is his name! His mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy – according to the promise he made to our ancestors – of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.”


Mary points out to us how different God’s values are to those of “the wisdom of the world”; - a lesson we often find difficult to live or accept? Despite all our efforts to live the teachings of Christ we continue to desire and seek for our life to work out “the way I want”?


How quickly we forget that each of us has the same invitation from God that was given to Mary and that is: to do the Will of God!”. We may not have such an important role as was given to Mary, but the dignity of the call is identical in that we are being “asked, by God, to live our life in accord with our God-given circumstances” that were determined by God before we were conceived! We also need to be mindful we are not asked to suffer to the extent Mary was!

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