Just as darkness and light are set against each other in Advent, so the glorious words of Angel Gabriel contrast with the humble, gentle words of Mary. She makes her decision: “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” Her “Yes” gives God permission to become human in her womb.
Mary and Elizabeth meet, as well as the babies in their wombs, John and Jesus. Mary sings her heart out in joy with “My soul magnifies the Lord.”
A magnifying glass makes bigger what you see through it. Mary makes God larger to Elizabeth and us. We can see God up close, magnified, through the beauty of Jesus’ mother, Mary.
You too can be a magnifying glass so that others can come close to God and see God’s love more clearly through you.
Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Holy Spirit hovering v. 35
All things possible with God v. 37
My soul magnifies the Lord v. 47
God lifting up the lowly v. 52
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In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.
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