Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 1:39-56
Today’s Gospel includes one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture: the Magnificat. Though the entire prayer is beautiful and lyrical, the line that always speaks to me is Mary’s first sentence: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” These words cause me to stop and think about the state of my own soul, and to reflect on the message I might be proclaiming as I go about my daily activities.
All of us are called to proclaim God’s greatness here on Earth. Because we live in a fallen world, however, this heavenly message is sometimes drowned out by earthly concerns. Sometimes, my soul proclaims frustration with my children, my husband, or my home. Other times, my soul proclaims selfishness, as I indulge in some other activity instead of prayer. Still other times, my soul proclaims sadness as I realize I have harmed my relationship with Jesus and that I need the sacrament of Reconciliation to restore it.
When our souls are weak and we find it difficult to recognize and share our Lord’s greatness, this is when the Blessed Mother becomes our most valuable role model. Praying the Magnificat, and meditating on Mary’s beautiful description of the power of God, can bring us a little closer each day to cultivating a soul like hers. By returning again and again to Mary’s words, we also re-orient our lives toward the truth of God’s love for each of us.
What is your soul proclaiming today?
Lord, free my soul from the vices that prevent me from proclaiming your greatness to all. Help me to witness to your greatness in all my words and actions.
Copyright 2022 Katie Fitzgerald
About the Author
Katie Fitzgerald is a former children's librarian turned stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. She and her librarian husband live in Maryland with their five children, the youngest of whom are boy/girl twins. She has published two textbooks for librarians, and she writes about homeschooling, books and the reading life from a Catholic perspective at ReadAtHomeMom.com and on Instagram @read.at.home.mom.