Counting the Days: December 22, 2023
Sheila Ebri, M.B.A.
Transfer Student Services Specialist
The Magnificat is a unique proclamation by the Virgin Mary when she visited her pregnant cousin Elizabeth who acknowledged the blessed nature of Mary carrying the Divine Child. It shows the perfect act of humility and of profound adoration. She expresses her gratitude to God, for choosing a lowly servant like herself to carry our Savior. Many times, in our lives, we seldom praise God for the many graces that He grants us.
We must remember that we were created by God’s love, which is why He willed our souls into existence. As the Creator, God can withdraw this will and then we become nothing. God’s mercy for us is from generation to generation. God loves us and wants us to keep trying to focus on doing good and not focus on our sins after we have confessed them.
We see the comparison of the proud and humble and we recognize these as the theme in most of the gospels in Jesus’ teachings. This sounds like Jesus talking through his mother Mary. This should make us think about Eternity in heaven. Even though the proud on earth are exalted daily, the kingdom of God is different, and we must be cognizant of that and remain humble.
Finally, Mary shows us that God is faithful to His own. He made a covenant with Abraham that he has kept to this day. We have a reassurance in this song that God will never abandon us if we remain faithful. Mary’s song encourages us to step back from all the noise in the Advent season, reflect, and show gratitude to Him for all that we are and have. God wants us to show humility by serving others as a reflection of HIS kingdom.