Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Magnificat

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1:39-56. 

Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, 
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, 
cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. 
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior. 
For he has looked with favor on his lowly servant; 
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me, 
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him 
in every generation.
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things; 
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel , 
remembering his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, 
to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.


This gospel is popularly known as the Magnificat. Mary the mother of the Lord made a proclamation to glorify God by magnifying Him. The mother herself made this proclamation that God is great. This is a call that we should glorify and worship the Lord because even the mother of God glorifies Him. How much more to us? we must proclaim the greatness of the Lord for He is good and mighty. Sometimes being human we are very arrogant that we can do everything without God. Some of us proclaims that God does not exist. This is a manifestation of being arrogant. We have no right to do that as the Lord is our God. In case of doubt, we need to call the Virgin Mary to help us pray for our little faith. We need her intercession so that our prayer and our faith will be stronger. 

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