Magnificat–Third Sunday in Advent 2010

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Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

The Physician alone records this effusive greeting (Luke 1:45) from Elizabeth to Mary. The Virgin has accepted reality of her calling and has the first encounter of its outworking in the effect that the Divine child in her womb has on His brother in Elizabeth. As the Spirit moves, Mary is overcome and speaks these words,

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.” (1:46-49)

As your celebration of the Lord’s birth comes one week closer, it is an excellent time for you to reflect on your life and compose your own Magnificat. Despite the fact that struggle and persecution and trouble may be your companions this year, God is mindful of the state of His servant. Whether you are enjoying providence or lack, Jesus knows where you walk and He is mindful of your limp. Good or bad, rich or poor, in sickness or in health, God knows our lives and has them well under control despite what we may see immediately in front of us. For this alone, the Spirit within raises praise in our hearts and minds. We can take this opportunity to be as effusive as Elizabeth, as expressive as Mary. Let your Magnificat glorify the Lord so that others may see the blessings in your life.

Grace and peace and joy to you.

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