Posted by: livingscripture | December 22, 2015

Fourth Tuesday 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, for He has looked upon His lowly servant.  From this day all generations will call me blessed’.”     

(Luke 1: 46-55)

How should we live this Word couv_us[1]

From when Mary pronounced these words, has something happened that brought about the realization of the events of which she spoke?  Has there been a social revolution that can be seen in which the rich have suddenly become poor and the hungry have been fed?  Has there been a more just distribution of food among the classes?  No.   Perhaps the powerful have been materially overthrown from their thrones and the humble have been raised?  No, Herod continued to be called the ‘great,’ and Mary and Joseph had to flee to Egypt on account of him.  If what was expected was a social visible change, history has totally belied this.  Then, where has this change happened, because it has happened!  It happened in faith!

The difference is in those rich in faith, rich in the Kingdom.  Mary speaks of riches and poverty based on God.  God is the measure, not human beings.  The definitive criteria are established in Him.  The Incarnation anticipated the way the Redeemer would save His people: with poverty, with humility, suffering, and obedience.

Mary can proclaim the beatitude of the humble and the poor because she is the first among the humble and poor.  The change she speaks of must come, above all, within the depths of those who repeat and pray the Magnificat.  Mary’s Canticle delves deeply and asks for conversion!

It is foolish to continue to repeat with Mary that God looks toward the humble and approaches them while we continue to long for power, a higher position, human promotion, career advancement, and lose patience if it delays in coming.  Mary teaches us God’s ways.  The Magnificat is truly a marvelous school of evangelical wisdom.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Mary to root me in the mentality of her Magnificat so that I may truly live it.

Mary, help me to enter into God’s logic.  Help me to live Christmas in humility and truth, aware of my distance from poverty of spirit, but trustful in God’s infinite mercy. 

The Voice of Liturgy Antiphon

O King of the people, awaited by all the nations, cornerstone that unites the people into one; come and save man whom you have created from the earth.


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Reflection by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA


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