Posted by: livingscripture | December 22, 2008

December 22, 2008 Fourth Monday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

 

My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy

 in God my Savior          (Luke 1, 46-47)

 

How should we live this Word  

 

The Virgin Mary, humbler and greater than any creature, as Dante Alighieri says, cannot and did not want to ‘make the Lord great’, because He is already the greatest.  Here more than ever, Her proclaiming means living the meaning of the unlimited greatness of God, and to be so totally convinced of this, as to live one’s life for His glory.  It is not by chance that immediately after Mary exclaims, ‘my spirit finds joy in God my Savior’.  Praise arouses joy.  And a joyful, serene life is nourished by the deep perception of God’s magnificence that becomes a profound attitude of praise in one’s heart and life.

 

Sometimes, those who do not know the Christian mystery, see it in a sea of prejudice.  They are very deluded by the practice of a religion that ‘mourns and weeps’ when the beauty and joy of this world created by a loving God abounds.  Or they are frustrated in what seems to be constant occasions of sin.  Or they are veiled by a ‘fog’ of pessimistic vision where there nest more thoughts about death and the fear of death than songs of life. It is this life, here and now, that awaits us in all its happiness.  The song of Mary Most Holy comes to enlighten all this.  Precisely because she has spoken very little in the Gospels, these words are like an intravenous encouragement for us.

 

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Mary and listen to her song in my heart.  I will allow her praise to nest in me as well.

 

 Oh, yes, Lord, with my Mother and Yours, I proclaim Your greatness and I live it.

 

The voice of Tonino Bello, Bishop                  

 

You will see how shortly the flowering of a spiritual springtime with inundate the world because we are going toward splendid moments of history.  We are not going toward catastrophe, remember this.  Therefore, rejoice!

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