46 馬利亞說：我心尊主為大；47 我靈以 神我的救主為樂；48 因為他顧念他使女的卑微；從今以後，萬代要稱我有福。49 那有權能的，為我成就了大事；他的名為聖。50 他憐憫敬畏他的人，直到世世代代。51 他用膀臂施展大能；那狂傲的人正心裏妄想就被他趕散了。52 他叫有權柄的失位，叫卑賤的升高；53 叫飢餓的得飽美食，叫富足的空手回去。54 他扶助了他的僕人以色列，55 為要記念亞伯拉罕和他的後裔，施憐憫直到永遠，正如從前對我們列祖所說的話。
46And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, 48for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” 56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
- Mary, like Samuel’s mother Hannah, praises and glorifies God through her prayer-song for God will accomplish what He has planned for the world through her. Both prayers describe that God lifts up the poor, comforts the oppressed, and cares for the despised. Mary’s prayer, in fact, expands our awareness that we are grateful and joyful PARTICIPANTS in what has been and is yet to come.
- Prayer is our way of being attentively present to God, who is present to us (Emmanuel) in the Holy Spirit. Our prayer is always the second sentence. First God speaks; our response, our answer, is our prayer. From this prayer, we learn that Mary hears and receives, believes and submits to the Word that conceives Christ in her.
- Have I had any experience that I was an active participant in carrying out God’s plan for me or others? How has this experience impacted me?
- Am I aware that I am present to God in prayer just as God is ever present to me? What will this awareness change me in my attitude and actions in everyday life?
vv46-49, Mary praised God with a song. Her song was about how God had been good to her and blessed her. Make a list of how God has been good to your family. Have a time of worship to sing a few favourite worship songs together.