And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me —holy is his name.”
Mary, mother of Jesus, has been celebrated, written about, and looked up to as a sacred icon through the ages. As I reflect on these few verses that are so famously known as the Magnificat, I cannot help but wonder what would Mary have been struggling internally with.
She was told she is to bear the child of the Most High and the Lord God. Who would respect or believe a young unwedded pregnant female would bring into this world such an important child? What if she had a miscarriage? What if the message she heard was a mistake? What if people would physically hurt her or shame her unmercifully for claiming that she would bear the child of God?
So many reasons to be overwhelmed with uncertainties and yet Mary is reportedly feeling humbled, fortunate and blessed for being chosen. When the Holy Spirit speaks to us and reveals revelations that are personal and persistent, may we each heed the calling with bravery, faithfulness and humbleness.
May we take these opportunities to walk hand in hand with our God. God of Love and strength, thank you for your patience in waiting for us to come to the realization that we can do all things through you. When we are incredibly stubborn and reclaim your call by worrying—may you, O God, nudge us to fully surrender it to you. May our souls magnify the Lord! Amen.