And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
This prayer is unbelievably beautiful. That first part just gets me: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior”. How beautiful is that? St. Mary is so joyful in God from the very core of her being — her soul, her spirit. There really is nothing remotely comparable to rejoicing in God from the innermost place of your being.
And why? Because God chose her, just as He chooses me to carry Himself within me. God, whose might is greater than thousands upon thousands of men, chose her, a virgin girl whom no one really knew, to be the mother of the Savior, to be the carrier of God. And who am I? I’m just a young woman in the middle of nowhere, no one knows me as anything special–and yet, God, out of His grace and compassion, chooses me to make His dwelling place.
This is no small thing! If I just lived the way I should, if I just acknowledged God dwelling inside of me, I would realize how powerful my life really is. He has “exalted the lowly”–He has given me power and glory–I just haven’t truly accepted it yet.
“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3)
Imagine what life would be like if you only embraced the power of God within you.