Source of Living Water

In Union with Mary

Day 31: Tuesday, week 5

 

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-56)

It is not surprising then that the Magnificat rises from our hearts. Like Mary we have grown in gratitude as we grew in awareness of our uniqueness as persons. Yes, we are grateful for all God has done and is doing in us.

As we pray the Magnificat, we are also grateful for our new-found trust in the depth and integrity of God’s love—God’s Mercy present from generation to generation for those who fear God; namely, those who recognize their need for God, for others and for all creation (Lk 1:50).

Thomas Merton in his essay on The Good Samaritan points out that the word mercy in the original Semitic describes God’s unconditional love that binds us to God, which never fails and expects nothing in return.For Cynthia Bourgault God’s mercy holds everything in existence and sustains the world in unbreakable love. God’s love is everlasting, as the psalmist says, ever constant, unconditional, enduring (Ps. 107). It is not tied to any outcome.

 
 

In and through life’s journey, we realize that, in this now, where past and present open onto the future, God’s promise remains true: “Be not afraid. ... Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it. I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isa 43:18, 19).

This brings us full circle. Life experience is not static. We trust, that in many different ways, we will continue to spiral into an ever deepening intimacy with God all the while embracing life: the joys and the pain, the light, the darkness and ambiguity, the risks taken in view of new life which had often called us to let go of known and secure ways.

 
 

Reflection

Our world is filled with violence, the number of persons who are poor and oppressed, and refugees increase.

  • Do I believe that God’s promise remains true: Be not afraid. ... Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it (Isa 43:18)?
  • Where do I perceive God’s promise being realized?

Mary’s personal ‘Yes’ to God in a society where women had no voice called her to move beyond known and secure ways.

  • Name times in my life when personal choices have called me to let go of known and secure ways.
 

Prayer

Write your own Magnificat

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