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Weekdays of Advent: December 22nd

Gospel text (Lk 1:46-56): Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior." Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her 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 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.