The Magnificat is a mirror of Mary’s soul. In this poem, the spirituality of Yahweh’s poor and the prophecy of the Ancient Covenant reach their culmination. It is the canticle that announces the new Gospel of Christ; it is the prelude to the Sermon on the Mount. There Mary reveals herself to us: empty of self, placing all her trust in the Father’s mercy.
In the Magnificat, she shows herself as “a model, the faithful accomplisher of God’s will, for those who do not accept passively the adverse circumstances of personal and social life, and are not victims of ‘alienation’—as is said today—but who with her proclaim that God is “the avenger of the humble” and, if necessary, “puts down the mighty from their thrones…” (St. John Paul II, Homily, Shrine of Our Lady of Zapopan, 30 January 1979).
Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Secretary, Nicaraguan Bishops Conference (2009–2013)
The Magnificat: A Prayer for New Times (2011, excerpt)
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