And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the humility of his servant. For, behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the humble; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty…’” (Lk 1: 46-53)

How delightfully unexpected this is. I mean that Mary, the All-Blessed Virgin, not usually a Woman of many words, suddenly burst into this profound and joyous proclamation of gratitude and praise. She rejoices in God’s revelation to Her; of the triumph of humility over pride; of God’s strength over human “power”; of true fulfilment over fleeting wealth.

We don’t know that She actually saw “the powerful brought down from their thrones” in a literal way, however. She is contemplating a spiritual principle, of the way God works in our lives, bringing us down from our “thrones” if we are full of ourselves, and lifting us up when we recognize our powerlessness and rely on Him.

Today, as I continue to follow Her on our journey to Bethlehem, let me also be grateful. Let me be grateful for God’s revelation to me, of my own powerlessness, in whatever ways it is shown to me; whether I mismanaged my time, or ran off at the mouth, or annoyed myself and others in some other way. Let me let God lift me up today, renewing me in His humility. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name.”

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