December 20

I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.  Psalm 9:2

Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”.  Luke 1:46-47.

The Magnificat, named for the first line of the text in Luke, is Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord.  It is also known as the Song of Mary.  After the angel tells Mary that she is to be the mother of the son of God, he also tells her of Elisabeth’s pregnancy.  Mary hurries to her relative, wanting to be of help. Elisabeth is amazed and joyful that Mary should come to her with such news. Mary, also overcome with joy, declares her praise to the Lord.

Mary’s song offers us a look at her characteristic humility and grace.  She expresses gratefulness for what God has done for her and for others.  But in spite of her joy, who knows what other thoughts were going through her mind.  She was facing scorn and strong disapproval from her family and community. 

Women in her circumstance were sometimes killed.  And how would her betrothed, Joseph, react to this news?  Would anyone even believe her? Could she believe it herself?

Mary, a young woman of lowly birth, poor, uneducated, chosen to be the mother of God’s son!

Like Mary, we can praise God for who He is and for what He has done for us and all peoples.  We can sing our songs of joy with hearts full of love.  In spite of circumstances,  we can be joyful for we are loved beyond measure.  Let our voices ring out this Christmas with the good news of Christ’s birth.  Let us be glad.

Most High, Praise and thanks to you forever and ever.  Amen.

Joan Perlich