Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of the 4th Week of Advent: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 72; Evening, Psalm 111and 113;
2nd Samuel 7:1 to 17; Titus 2:11 to 3:8a; Luke 1:39to 56:
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.” (Luke 1:46 to 48).
It is from prior words of this reading of Luke that we get the words for praying the Rosary. The words come from Elizabeth, the relative of Mary who said of Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” It is with these words the Rosary is prayed.
I like Mary’s response, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.” Her soul magnifies the Lord and so we call her words the “Magnificat.” This Mary who answered to the angel Gabriel, “let it be with me as you have said,” has opened herself to God for the benefit of all people for all time; those who like her and the many who neither know her nor love her. But, she agrees to the service of the Lord for the benefit of all people.
Mary listens to her soul as it is in communication with God. She understands that her soul is in conversation with God, about her. So too, our souls are in conversation with God about us.
If we empty ourselves of human busyness, God will fill it with divine purpose, God will look upon the lowliness of us who have forsaken human preoccupation with money, power and greed. God always seeks those who proclaim, “let it be with me as you have said,” or, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John
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