Lenten Journey with Mary

by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

Magnificat--"swelling with joy”

My heart exults in the LORD,
my horn is exalted in God. (1 Samuel 2:1)
Hannah knew grief,
knew barrenness,
knew loneliness,
… and knew belief.

Women berated her,
belittled her,
but never guessed
her righteousness.
Eli thought her drunk,
“Sober up,” he said. (1 Samuel 1:14)

Opening her heart
before the LORD,
Hannah, like Anna,
presented her word,
giving her child
to the living God.

“I prayed for this child,
the LORD granted
my request. I, in turn,
give him to Yahweh.” (1 Samuel 27-28)

All women in Israel
yearning to bear life,
wombs, hearts united
to Life’s dominion.

There is no Holy One
like the LORD;
there is no Rock
like our God. (1 Samuel 2)

So Mary, too, sings
like Miriam before,
dancing, relishing life
at the desert’s door.

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices
in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:47)

Mary seals happiness,
bursting with trust,
a presence of El,
great joyfulness.

“Henceforth, all generations
will call me blessed,” (Luke 1:48)
All peoples see
this saving ecstasy
she possessed.

Mary finds hesed,
mercy and love:
a woman lamenting
for hungry and poor,
people abandoned,
hurting each day.

Her prayers heard,
life-filling womb,
love given and taken
life leaving the tomb.“

For He who is mighty
has done great things for me;
and holy is His name. (Luke 1: 49)

Reflection on the image:
Elizabeth takes a long journey through the hill country to see her cousin Elizabeth, soon after she learns that she is pregnant in the message of God's angel. What joy she had in meeting Elizabeth who was also pregnant in her old age through a miracle from God. Mary sings a song of joy, now known as the "Magnificat." This song reminds us of the song of joy that Hannah sung. Some think that it is a parody of Hannah's song. It is a song praising God for all God does for humanity and for the faithful who put their trust in God.

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Lenten Journey with Mary meditations.

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