Luke 1:46-49

And Mary said,
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
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.

Luke is probably the most Marian gospel we have (though it's in close competition with John).  And today's verse is the core of what Mary has to say to God and to us.  It is a curious thing to speak of "magnifying" God.  God is, after all, infinite.  So how can we make him bigger?  Answer: we can't, any more than a magnifying glass enlarges it subject.  Mary adds nothing to God.  But she makes him more visible.  For she is Exhibit A in showing the world what God means to make of his creatures if they will only say "Be it unto me according to thy will."

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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