December 19

The Annunciation ~ Henry Ossawa Tanner

The Annunciation ~ Henry Ossawa Tanner

The Greek title given to Mary is Theotokos, the bearer of God.  We stand in awe of Mary's willingness to become the mother of Christ.  In Luke 1 we hear Mary's song, the Magnificat:

My soul magnifies the Lord,
     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
 His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

Pick one phrase from this scripture and repeat it to yourself throughout your day.  Let your heart be filled with the joy of Mary's words.