December 22, 2017

Categories: Advent Reflections

1 Samuel 1: 24-28; Psalm: 1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-5, 6-7, 8; Luke 1: 46-56

Today’s gospel is a song of happiness. Mary cannot hold in her exuberant joy.

She is a young woman, pregnant and bursting with the good news of God within her. Like her son soon to come, she goes about doing good. She joins Elizabeth. She takes time combing joy, help and celebration in relationships.

Find one or more versions today of the Magnificat. Read them slowly, trying to embrace the silent, deep, joy-filled feeling of Mary as she praises the God she loved so much.

Listen to the phrases:
My heart is overflowing, My soul is full of joy
God has deigned to notice me
People will call me the happiest of women

What about me? Do I remember that God fills me with gladness? Are people happier when they see me? Do we, together with God, “eternally birth the Word” as Meister Eckhart says? He also says, “Silence is the language of God.” Let us listen, deep within ourselves to the silent Magnificat and praise God, with Mary, as Jesus the Word is eternally being born. Amen.

Mary Cornille, SLW
Chicago, IL