What does your soul proclaim?
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Today's Readings
If you don't know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I highly encourage you to read more about her today. Her story reminds us that Mary comes to us as we are and meets us where we are at. Just as any good mother, she comforts, consoles and encourages. But Mary never leaves us where we were. She always wishes to bring us closer to her son, Jesus.
I've always been drawn to the Magnificat, Mary's prayer that begins in today's Gospel. The first line, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord..." always speaks to me. It's not Mary's mouth or preaching that proclaims God's goodness, but it's her soul! We know that she was conceived without sin, so her soul is certainly evidence of God's mercy and love. However, I also like to believe that Mary was overwhelmed with God's love that her soul couldn't help but to praise God.
As Mary's prayer continues, not only does praise God for the works He has done in her life, but she recalls what God has done for her people. And this only her greeting to her cousin, Elizabeth! How much more they must have shared about God's goodness during their visit.
So today as reflect upon Mary, I invite us to think how we proclaim God's greatness. Does our soul glow with praise for God? What do we praise God for? How often do we talk about the goodness of God?