Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mary's Message of Mercy and Justice

On September 8th we celebrate the birth of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Her words are prophetic for us today.

The Canticle of Mary (Luke 1:46-55)
And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior. 

For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.

The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

His mercy is from age to age
to those who fear him.

He has shown might with his arm,
dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.

He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
but lifted up the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things;
the rich he has sent away empty.

He has helped Israel his servant,
remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Lifting up the lowly and feeding the hungry. Yes, sounds like she taught Jesus a thing or two. Yet she who is the Mother is also the daughter. Already Mary begins to sound like Jesus - even before He is born.

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