Canticle of Mary
Every evening the Canticle of Mary is heard. It is heard with a sound love for Mary and for honoring our Lord and Savior. As Mary is showing her gratitude of Love and Joy for the fulfillment of God’s promise to her, those Christians in union with Mary are showing their undeniable joy and thanksgiving to God for his many gifts and graces each day. Every day was met with a reversal: a sinner repents and is forgiven, the lonely hears a friend coming, those sick and infirmed begin to experience new life. Even Mary herself comes to experience a reversal. She experiences the notion of the empty being filled, the childless bearing children the virgin becoming the mother.
It was only a few days since Mary was visited and heard the prophesied divine proposal that she would bear a son. Even though she was completely unaware of how it would come to be, she was confident that the Lord had a plan, and accepted this miraculous indwelling. As she went to Elizabeth she was filled with a light of faith, but there was also the looming darkness of uncertainty. Mary had no choice but to trust her God. That He would fulfill his promise to her, even though there was never a confirmation that she was with child. It was when Elizabeth told Mary that the child in her womb leapt with joy at the sound of her voice, that Mary was comforted that Her God was indeed great, and that the light of faith burned brightly. The darkness of unknowing, mixed with a faint light of faith, resolves into the full light of knowledge: YES, the Lord is with me, within me!
Mary’s song is filled with praise and thanksgiving—arising from a heart which has witnessed a shift from faith seeking understanding to faith that knows and rejoices God’s goodness. We each seek to know that truly the Lord resides within each of us, among us, and all around us.
Let your heart sing out with JOY!