Posted by: livingscripture | December 22, 2014

FOURTH MONDAY of ADVENT

From the Word of the Day

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant.  From this day all generations will call me blessed.”

(Luke 1 : 46-48)

 How should we live this Word2MAry,[1]

We are at the threshold of Christmas!  The Liturgy does well in concentrating our spiritual attention in these last days of Advent on the figure of Mary who becomes the sublime model for the immediate preparation of this great event.

Today’s Gospel recounts the Magnificat, Mary’s own song, the song of all the marvels.  We can hear Jesus’ voice anticipated in it as in His Gospel He proclaims the greatness of the humble, the blessings of the little ones, the overturning worked by the Lord in raising up the poor and taking down the powerful, and the joy of those whom the world ignores.  All that Mary announces in her song is none other than what the Beatitudes and the Discourse on the Mountain will promulgate in Jesus’ Gospel.  Mary’s song is already the prelude of the tone and accent that Jesus’ discourses will assume.  The Mother’s Magnificat says in anticipation what the Son will say in His hymn of praise to the Father, who fills the little ones and the humble with His favors.  “I give You thanks, O Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned and have revealed them to the little ones!”  (Luke 19: 21)

It is already Christ whom we hear in the one who is His Mother and we hear in it the echo of the Old Testament that is a preparation for Christ.  The Magnificat is composed of Biblical citations; the Mother of the Savior, of the hope of Israel, speaks like the Daughter and the Queen of the patriarchs and the prophets.  This double rapport with the Son describes her so well that her song, a recall of the Old Testament and a prelude of the New Testament, becomes a very personal work, unique in its genre and spontaneous, so much so that it has become familiar to all Christian people.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will slowly repeat the words of Mary’s song of praise in my heart and in Her company. 

My soul glorifies the Lord! 

The voice of France Quere, a contemporary French Author & Theologian 

The Magnificat is the song of all marvels…Mary does not let herself give away confidences.  She weaves together fragments of the Scriptures, taken from Samuel, the Psalms, Isaiah, Job, and Micah.  This woman is an open Bible.  She takes it from the silent parchment and lends it her innocent and clear voice.  The ancient words rise up like a youthful cry.  Yes, the Magnificat merits its name.  It is the poem of all exuberances.

 

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