Reflection on Luke 1:46-56 ~
Mary’s Canticle has inspired many to attempt to express their own relationship with the Lord. As a Christian father, I pray with Mary and Joseph for parents when they do not realize they do not love their children. She is there when I see a parent with a phone to their ear taking a turn at an intersection with children in their car. She was there with a mother who pushed a baby carriage across a busy street without waiting for the pedestrian signal.
The Magnificat, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Luke 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Mary’s Song of Praise
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 1:46-56.