First Reading; 1 Samuel 1:24-28
Psalm Response: 1 Sam 2:1, 4-8abcd
Gospel Reading; Luke 1:46-56
“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 for ever.”
Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord: Rejoice! No matter how terrible a problem is, God is greater. Rejoice!
My spirit rejoices in God my savior: Rejoice! Even when I feel unhappy, my spirit rejoices deep inside, because I know that God is my savior. He is rescuing me even now, although I cannot yet see it nor understand how.
The Almighty has done great things for me: Rejoice! God is doing great things for me. And He will do great things for me. And He will do great things through me. I want to see my sufferings become valuable and useful, instead of futile and pointless, so that they no longer feel so terrible. Disasters have not defeated me, they have carried me to new life. I am giving birth to Jesus by taking what I’ve learned from my trials and using it in ministry for the benefit of others.
He has shown the strength of His arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit: Rejoice! When I handle difficult people the way Jesus did, I am revealing to them His strength and His superiority. On my own, I would get rid of these people much more quickly, but then I’d miss out on seeing a greater victory. The plans of God take longer than my own, because He’s orchestrating everything and inviting everyone to conversion, new growth, and healing. Eventually, those who say yes to Him will be saved by His strength, and those who reject Him will stumble into their self-made pitfalls.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly: Rejoice! In my desire to place God as my highest priority and make the ways of God my only goals, he has protected me from those who have tried to put me down. No matter what they do to me, they cannot take me away from God nor from His goodness. Although they might seem to lord it over me and win battles against me, only God is my Lord, and in the final battle, Jesus will destroy all evil.
He has filled the hungry with good things: Rejoice! I have nothing eternally valuable except that which I receive from God, and when I turn to Him for nourishment, He feeds me from His great abundance. I have His patience for the troubles I experience and for the wait that I’m enduring, and I have His supernatural love for the people who seem impossible to love.
He has come to the help of His servant: Rejoice! I am never alone. His love for me knows no bounds. Holy is His name!