Today’s Responsorial Psalm is taken from Luke Chapter 1. Theres that chapter one again! My favorite.
For many, many years I said three prayers from the Divine Office each day. I said morning prayer, evening prayer and night prayer.
Each of these times of day has a specific prayer attached to it, but the evening prayer was always my favorite. The evening prayer is the Magnificat!
I love this prayer. In case you have never heard it before, here are the words:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on 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,
he 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.
I have chills just reading it again. The gratitude and love in Mary’s prayer is palpable. The hope that is granted in these lines is also enough to stop me in my tracks. The Lord casts down the mighty, and lifts up the lowly. He feeds the hungry, and remembers his promise of mercy.
The world we live in is full of turmoil. I used to turn on the news and be astonished at what was happening. But these days, nothing surprises me.
I don’t pray the divine office any more, but I recently pulled out my well loved breviary and am thinking I should really start it back up again.
I want to be reminded each and every day that I am His hands and feet on this earth. I want to be reminded that I need to be joyfully serving others in everything that I do, and that serving my brothers and sisters takes on many forms. I want to sing out each day that the Lord is great and has done great things for me. I want my spirit to rejoice in the mercy of our Father.
As we enter this last week of advent, let us all go out rejoicing in the knowledge that our savior is coming, and He does not forget the promise of mercy.
I hope today’s song brings you peace and hope on this joyful Sunday.