Today we hear Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. This hymn provides great material for meditation on the Visitation, the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Clearly Mary, in hastening to help her cousin, is focused on service to others in humility. In this way she glorifies the Lord in reflecting (and “magnifying”) His goodness and love. We must point out that Mary’s joyful declaration “all generations shall call me blessed” in no way takes away from her humility. If she seems to boast here, it is much as St. Paul does later on in scripture when he says “whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord” (2 Cor 10:17), that is to say, in God’s work being done through us. Mary’s hymn of praise reminds us about the essential link between humility and holiness. Just as God has “regarded the lowliness of his handmaid” and “has done great things” for Mary in making her the Mother of his Son, so too “he has put down the mighty from their thrones (with his own might!) and has exalted the lowly.”
Prayer: May we, like Mary, glorify God for His goodness and love for us. Amen.