“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord…’” vs. 46
Each year we marvel at Mary’s response to the angelic annunciation but sometimes we miss the significance of these opening words of her song. Her soul magnifies the Lord! Our tendency is frequently the opposite…our souls diminish the Lord in every way that we can. We want so badly to control our world and as a consequence God gets smaller and smaller. In fact that’s the biggest problem we have in dealing with faith issues: our God is just too small. For some God has evolved into a virtual state of non-existence. In their world everything can be mastered and understood. There’s a reason for everything…and an answer for every question. In their estimation there isn’t any need for God. Now most of us won’t go that far…we still reserve a few tasks for God…maybe creation…and well, occasionally in tight situations it’s nice to be able to shout out a prayer or two, even when we have virtually no confidence that there will ever be an answer. But just imagine if we prayed like Mary, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” We’d be saying that God is more present and more integral to existence than we had ever imagined, that God is more than we can even wrap our little minds around, that God was intimately involved in our beginnings and will be there in our endings and even beyond. Now that’s a God worth worshipping…and in truth that’s who God is.
Thought for the Day: How big is my God?