Homily of the Day

In the first reading Hannah offers her child Samuel to Eli for the service of the Lord.

The Gospel reading is Mary’s Magnificat, her song of praise and thanksgiving to God during her visit to assist her cousin Elizabeth.

The two readings speak of three special children born under unusual circumstances by the graciousness and love of God and destined for key roles in God’s plans: Samuel, born to childless Hannah and called to lead Israel against the Philistines; John the Baptist born to aged and barren Elizabeth to be the Precursor of the Messiah to prepare for his coming and Jesus, the Son of God, our Savior, born of Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Similar to Mary’s Magnificat, Hannah also extols God’s goodness and greatness in her song of praise, “My heart exults in Yahweh, I feel strong in my God. I rejoice and laugh at my enemies for you came with power to save me. Yahweh alone is holy, no one is like you, there is no Rock like our God.” (1 Sm 2: 1 – 2)

Let us join Hannah and Mary in their praise and gratitude to God for his goodness and all his wonderful deeds for us.