• GOSPEL PEARLS

Last day of the month

My soul magnifies the Lord. (Luke 1: 46)

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on 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 for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 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 offspring forever.” And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. (Luke 1: 39-56)

Most Holy Mary's abandonment to God's Will is the inspiration for the entire Magnificat prayer: God is the protector of the humble and yet the humiliation of the proud, even in their most secret plans. God has, indeed, chosen an excellent earthly mother for his Son, a mother to whom all mothers in the world should turn to and model their delicate and beautiful task as educators. With her humble “yes” to the Father, Mary permitted Jesus' Incarnation - the most important event in all of human history. On the last day of the month of May dedicated to Mary, let us ask her to help us to be ever more submissive to God's will, just like she was.

Dona Ora