Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.’” (Lk 1:45, 46)
Today’s Passage: Lk 1:46-56
Meditation: Today’s meditation verse, or rather mother Mary herself, rightly prepares each one of us for the adjoining Christmas. Mary is praising God for his being savior, for his mercy, and for his righteousness. In the previous passage (Lk 1:39-45) we saw her hurriedly going to her kinswoman Elizabeth’s house, and staying back there served her for three months. All these vividly manifest before us a guideline as to what kind of life a Christian should lead in this world.
In every nook and corner of the town or village we find in these days people making merry and celebrating Christmas. Event management groups are also alive around big malls offering new amusement programs. However, the Christmas joy or the great joy Mary discloses today is very different from them. Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (Lk 1:45, 46) It is the great occasion of meeting our savior, Jesus Christ.
Just before Christmas this reflection helps us review afresh and do whatever possible even in this finishing point. We are receiving Jesus on the Christmas day with a mission. Mary received the word of God and led a life worthy of it. Christmas prepares us also for this mission; mission of proclaiming salvation to all in and through our gospel life. Unless and until we are not prepared for this mission, our Christmas will not make rejoice in the soul.
Mary received the eternal word not only into her womb, but also to her immaculate heart. This is very important in our life. We may receive him into our houses, offices, institutions, but if we receive him not into our hearts, it is of no use. In this Christmas season let remember that if the infant Jesus we place in our cribs remain only there and do not enter into our hearts, the joy Mary proclaims today will not be for us. Let us not be robbed of the real joy of the Christmas!
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Lord we thank you and praise for the real heavenly gift of our mamma Mary. We do believe that Mary’s “magnificat” was a real eye opener for us. Many a time we were after the worldly and bodily pleasures and each celebration was merely an occasion for that. The Israelites were taught the importance of Passover and other Jewish feasts. Lord teach us to know the real meaning behind every celebration that we may remember your interventions in the history. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Monday…