Friday of the Third Week of Advent

magnificat

Reading:  Luke 1:46-56

At that time, Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
” my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid. ”
Now me blessed all generations,
because the Almighty has done great things for me:
“holy is his name,
and mercy on those who fear from generation to generation.”
He has shown strength with his arm
scattered the proud of heart,
“down from their thrones of the powerful
and lifted up the lowly,
the hungry filled with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remember mercy
as he had promised to our fathers to
Abraham and his descendants forever.”
Mary remained with her about three months and returned home.

 

Reflection

The “Magnificat” was pronounced by Mary at the time of the “Visitation” to her cousin Elizabeth. This beautiful hymn / song of praise that burst forth from the purest and most Immaculate Heart of Mary, can serve for us as a model in our own spiritual life, and teaches us to really praise God with all our being! Below are some simple reflections, which may be useful about Mary’s Magnificat!

  1. The Soul of Mary proclaims the greatness of the Lord. The highest form of prayer is praise. May Mary inspire us to praise and recognize the greatness of the Lord in every action we undertake.
  2. My Spirit rejoices in God my Savior! Mary rejoices in God. True and authentic happiness can only be found in God! All humanity sincerely wishes happiness, but many experience sadness, because they seek happiness in a false and illusory God, an idol, a mere mirage under the forms of having power and pleasure.
  3. God has seen the humility of his servant. A humble person recognizes that all the good things he can do come from God. May Mary obtain for us a humble heart! so that everything we do in our place of work, study or community is for the greater glory of God.
  4. They will call me blessed! True! Each time we meditate on the Hail Mary we say to Mary “Blessed are you among women … and blessed is the fruit of your womb JESUS! every time we receive the body of Christ in the Eucharist Jesus dwells in us as in Mary.
  5. Holy is his name. Mary lives the second commandment of the law of God – to keep the name of the Lord holy we must make reparation for the offenses we make to his holy name through evangelization and mission.
  6. His Mercy reaches his faithful ones. The greatest attribute of Jesus is to be praised as merciful, but mercy is related to the Beatitudes and to one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Fear of God. “The fear of the Lord, is the beginning of Wisdom.”
  7. God overthrew the proud and the arrogant. At all times we must examine our consciences and our lives, to prevent the insidious dust of pride from contaminating us, our spiritual life. May Virgin Mary intercede for us!
  8. God feeds the hungry, especially those who hunger for the word of God and hunger for the Bread of Life. Through the reception of Holy Communion. Mary teaches us to live the Beatitudes: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for holiness, because they will be satisfied.”
  9. God helps Israel his servant! The followers of Jesus must be true servants. Jesus said with great clarity: “The Son of man has not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” The greatest commandment is to love others as I have loved you!
  10. ABRAHAM. He is the Father of faith. Mary is the woman of faith. Even when Mary stayed under the Cross of her suffering and the Son dying, her faith never wavered. Mary teaches us to be grateful for the faith we have freely received as a gift, not only to cultivate the faith, but also to grow in our faith. One of the most effective ways to grow in our faith is to share our faith with others. The mystery of the Visitation teaches us through the example of Mary, that our faith must be shared by word and example of active charity!

– Bernardo Cardona

Action Step

The Magnificat of Mary is a model prayer for all of us. this prayer can serve as an excellent means, to give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, for our spiritual and material goods, especially after receiving it in Holy Communion! What better way to praise the Eucharistic Lord than through the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

Secondly, Mary gives us an example of surrender to the will of God, we are called to say Yes, to say: Do in me according to your word when starting each day, at the end or at any time when doing our work and fulfill lovingly our mission.

Let us pray on this day especially for vocations to the service consecrated in the American National Catholic Church so that in the image of Mary, do not be afraid to Say: Do unto me according to your word.

 

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