YEAR A: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT
HOMILY THEME: MARY GAVE THANKS TO THE LORD …..”My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior!”
BY: Fr. Francesc PERARNAU i Cañellas
Today’s Gospel presents for our consideration the Magnificat Canticle, with which the Virgin Mary, full of joy, greets Elizabeth, her relative, mother of John the Baptist, in her home. Mary’s words remind us of other Biblical canticles and songs She knew quite well and had so often, recited and contemplated. Now. however, those very words, on her lips, have a much deeper meaning: behind them, God’s Mother spirit shows through while also evincing the purity of her heart. Every day, at the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church makes these words hers when, with the Vespers, the Church addresses to Heaven the same song with which Mary rejoiced, blessed and thanked God for all His graciousness and sheer kindness.
Mary has benefited of the most extraordinary Grace any woman has ever received or will ever receive: amongst all other women in History, she has been chosen by God, to become the Mother of the Redeemer Messiah, whom Mankind had been awaiting for so many centuries. It is the highest honor ever granted any human person, and She accepts it with total restraint and humility, by realizing it all is Grace and a gift, and her own lowliness before the immensity of God’s power and greatness, which has done wonders on Her (cf. Lk 1:49). This is a great lesson of humility for all of us, Adam’s sons, and heirs of a human nature deeply stained by Original Sin which, day after day, would try to drag us down.
We are getting close to the end of Advent, a time of conversion and purification. To day, it is the Virgin Mary who is showing us the best way. Mulling over our Mother’s prayer —by wishing to make it ours— will help us to become more humble. Mother Mary will help us if we truly ask her.
Fr. Francesc PERARNAU i Cañellas (Girona, Spain)