The Church’s song in this Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word is Mary’s song, the Magnificat, sung in response to Elizabeth’s greeting, and recognition of the presence of the Lord Jesus in his mother’s womb.
In Advent we wait for what is to come: Mary, in her song, gives thanks for what has been and what presently is.
May her prayer and her example nudge us in that same direction too.
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
Responsorial Psalm for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
(NB the text set for Sunday is given below in bold and in ‘quote sections’ below; the rest is the immediate biblical text from which the Lectionary text is extracted)
Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)
46 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 For he has looked upon his handmaid in her lowliness;
for behold, from this day forward,
all generations will call me blessed.
49 For the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is from age to age
for those who fear him.
51 He has made known the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit of heart.
52 He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has exalted those who are lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
and has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
mindful of his mercy,
55 Even as he promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his descendants for ever.
~ Translation of Psalm: From Abbey Psalms and Canticles, prepared by the monks of Conception Abbey © 2008, 2010 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC
~ Commentary: © 2020, Allen Morris
~ Photograph:© 2014, Allen Morris. Carving, Cloister, St Trophime, Arles, France.