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 popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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