“And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And 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 mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
These words were shared by Mary after hearing from the angel Gabriel, who told her about the part she would play in God’s redemption plan. She would be the one who would give birth to the savior of the world. Upon hearing this news, this was her response.
The first thing she does is praise the Lord. Our response to whatever comes our way is to remember and praise the Lord. She also mentions how the Lord has remembered Israel and her people. For 400 years or so there was no word from the Lord but now here was God’s response. And that response has been such a blessing to us as well.
This Christmas season, let us remember the gift that God has given to us through Jesus and let us give thanks throughout the year because of it.