Posted by: livingscripture | December 22, 2011

Fourth Thursday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

“Mary said, ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

                                            Luke 1: 46                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

As we near Christmas, the Liturgy leads us into the growing joy of Mary, Joy that is God-Love dwelling in her.  Today, this joy explodes into the song of the Magnificat!  Mary truly has a reason to rejoice because God, the Creator of all, looked upon His humble servant.  God’s gaze is active and always produces something new in the person.  She thanks the God of her ancestors for the great things He has done in her, a greatness that is then poured out on all of humanity as mercy.  Mary is fully aware of what God’s power has worked in her, and that it is beyond any human power.  In fact, it overturns human logic by exalting the humble and the poor.  Mary recognizes God’s fidelity who keeps and accomplishes in her the promises made to Abraham and his descendants.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the implications of this overflowing joy for me.  Because of Mary’s ‘yes’ I too have reason to rejoice.  Jesus, the Son of God, is present in human history.  The Lord is in me!  With my assent, He makes new and great things come to birth in me.  How often has He turned His merciful eyes on me in my weakness?  He is the all loving One who accomplishes His plan of love throughout my existence.  God seeks my humility, my poverty of heart, and my solidarity with all those who suffer. 

Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your compassionate love poured out on me and all of humanity.  I thank You for Your continuous presence in me.  I love You.  I adore You.  I want to collaborate with You for the salvation of our world.

The voice of Anselm Grun, Spiritual Guide 

This hymn manifests how God casts away all our criteria for judgment.  He exalts in us that which is hardly valued and sates that for which we long.

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