Friday of the Third Week of Advent
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. What a heartfelt cry from Mary! At the time of this proclamation, Mary had been publically shunned, rejected by Joseph, and seemingly abandoned by the Lord, trusting in His promise yet to be fully revealed. As Mary looks to her cousin Elizabeth, miraculously with child in her advanced age, Mary holds her own womb in complete wonderment – how could this be? – announcing how “the Almighty has done great things” for her. Mary rejoices in the uncertainty, certain the Lord will provide richly and mercifully.
This kind of response to the mystery of the Lord is radical, and it’s this precise hope and trust we are to imitate this Advent season. Mary models for us authentic surrender, not steeped in despair, but instead in joyful expectation. As we approach the final days of Advent, we are called, like Mary, to reflect upon the ways our soul ought to magnify the Lord, and to anticipate the fullness that is to come.
What are the blessings–both seen and unseen–the Lord has abundantly bestowed upon you? Where are you being called to let go and simply trust in God’s providential and loving care? How will you respond to the coming of the Savior? May we robustly declare with Mary: my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For, He has come to the help of His servant Israel; He has remembered His promise of mercy–both now and forever.