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Devotion - December 17, 2021

Luke 1:46-49: Mary’s Song of Praise

And Mary said,

‘My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

Reflection by Janet Derby

As I am a graduate of Magnificat High School, this passage has always been familiar to me. We not only prayed it in high school, we sang it as well. Still, a couple of things about it came to me when reading it again. I began to think about when Mary said these words. She has just learned that she is to have a child, though not yet married which I doubt was welcome news for her. She goes to see her cousin, perhaps in the hopes that some of Elizabeth’s excitement about her pregnancy will be reassuring. After being greeted by Elizabeth, Mary proclaims this beautiful song of praise. She has clearly not only come to accept the angel’s message but to embrace it. I’m not sure that I could be as joyful as she in those circumstances.

One of my sisters recently sent me a book called The Diary of Jesus Christ. In one of the early writings, Jesus (or Joshua as the entries are signed), talks of how his mother would sing to him, and she would sing this song. It was interesting to contemplate how Mary’s attitude of praise continued and how her beliefs influenced Jesus’ upbringing. It all makes me consider how I can persist in glorifying God even when life doesn’t go the way I think it should.


Holy God,

Help me to sing with Mary. ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.’ Amen.

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