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Advent: December 22nd

Gospel text (Lk 1,46-56): Mary said: «My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior!». Mary said: «My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, Holy is his Name! From age to age his mercy extends to those who live in his presence. He has acted with power and done wonders, and scattered the proud with their plans. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up those who are downtrodden. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He held out his hand to Israel, his servant, for he remembered his mercy, even as he promised our fathers, Abraham and his descendants forever».

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we are impressed by the Virgin’s reaction to the praise of her cousin Elizabeth. Mary replies with a declaration that has already become a traditional canticle, called "Magnificat". She is not afraid of God and, and this is why she proclaims the greatness of God. She praises the Lord with gratitude and joy by recalling the many benefits God has granted to Israel, for centuries.

-Do you know why Herod was afraid of Jesus? Because he did not pray! And, therefore, he could not understand God’s infinite goodness.