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Homilies :: Latin Rite

December 22, 2014

Monday of the 4th Week of Advent A


1 Sam 1: 24-28

 Lk 1: 46-56

Mass Readings: Text | Audio


Magnificatae of the Old and New



Hanna and Mary represent the undivided conformity to the will of God. They both tell you about the inner joy one will be enjoying if we surrender everything to God and submit ourselves to His will.



What makes a differentiating line between these two is nothing but their marital status. One is married and declared barren and the other has just got engaged. For one the news of the conception was a great relief where for the other it was a great shock and beyond digestion. But both them accepted it as the special grace and will of God and thanked the Almighty for the same.



The song is the same. A long gap of 1000-s of years also made no difference. It is praise and glory to God the Almighty for the wonderful and merciful deeds He has been doing in their lives. Thus anyone who is able to recall the mercies of the Lord will not but sings unceasingly. For St. Paul Said, “Rejoice in the Lord, again I say rejoice….”.



We are living in a world of ingratitude. People seldom remember or recall your virtuous deeds, neither your sacrifices. The time and energy you have made for others are easily under-estimated and forgotten. We find parents in the old age homes, children in the orphanages, etc. no one belongs to the other. In the midst of all these we hear the echo of the magnificate of Mary who sings, “my soul magnifies the Lord, my God.” 



Mary and Hanna give up their sons for the service of God and humanity and their self-content is doubled. It is in total surrender to God that one may find solace of the mind and body. We know what were the ‘great marvels’ God has done in the life of Mary. They were persecutions, humiliations, anxieties and worries, life threatening moments… She bore everything with the power of the divine…



Fr. Biju Tharaniyil CMI