On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 22, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Have you marveled in awe as I have, at The Magnificat attributed as Mary’s song her canticle.

Her poetic response to Elizabeth, was it done on the spot or developed over time? But then again does it really matter? For this same prayer has been and is still being prayed or sung in our church over the centuries!

It is a heartfelt prayer of adoration, praise and glory of God our Heavenly Father uttered in great reverence, love and humility. This could only have come from the depths of an, intimate relationship filled with the grace of the Lord our God. How then can we pray such a beautiful and grace filled prayer as Mary did? And again at great length as Hannah did? ( 1 Sam 2:1-10) Can you? Yes you can!

You can pray your own unique version of the Magnificat. For you have been and are still continually, uniquely loved by God your Heavenly Father. And when you close your eyes and open your heart to reflect deeply His love for you, you will see with great clarity how He has been by your side all throughout your life! You will see His mighty and yet more often, gentle hand working in your life as well as in those around you. Then slowly you will also see how His grace has been poured out into the world and marvel at His wondrous deeds!

Help us dearest Blessed Mother, to know and to love Your Son more profoundly, so that we can Glorify the Holy Trinity by our lives.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.


First reading

1 Samuel 1:24-28 ·

This is the child I prayed for: he is made over to the Lord.

When Hannah had weaned the infant Samuel, she took him up with her together with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the temple of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was with them. They slaughtered the bull and the child’s mother came to Eli. She said, ‘If you please, my lord. As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. This is the child I prayed for, and the Lord granted me what I asked him. Now I make him over to the Lord for the whole of his life. He is made over to the Lord.’

    There she left him, for the Lord.







Luke 1:46-56

The Almighty has done great things for me

Mary said:

‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

and my spirit exults in God my saviour;

because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.

Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,

for the Almighty has done great things for me.

Holy is his name,

and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.

He has shown the power of his arm,

he has routed the proud of heart.

He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.

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

He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy

– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –

of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

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