Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name; and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his mercy—even as he spoke to our fathers—to Abraham and to his descendants forever.’ Luke 1:46-55
Mary’s Magnificat proves the mercy of God in the work of the Incarnation, and the fidelity of His promise concerning the Messiah. The Word becoming flesh in us is at the heart of what it is to be real.
Artwork: Tapestry, Florence, 1593-97