My spirit rejoices in God my savior!
Today the Bible opened to Mary’s words before the birth of Jesus. Mary models how I want to live. Her strength and faithfulness inspire me.
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
I am stuck on the first line: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. Is there a difference between soul and spirit? For me, soul is that deep inner part, the root of our being, our inner most self, the part that is our truest being. That is the part that Mary says proclaims the greatness of God. That is the truest of proclamations — not just a Sunday morning proclamation. It is not her mouth or her hands or her brain that proclaims it — but her soul. A part that does not lie or fake or just follow the crowd.
Mary goes on to state: My spirit rejoices in God my savior. For me, spirit is the part that we share with others. Mary knows to the depths of her soul that God is great, but she does not keep it there, she shares it with others. Her spirit rejoices in God.
I want to know God in the depths of my soul. And I want my spirit to rejoice in Him.
God, you are great indeed. Fill my inner heart. Fill my soul. Help me to follow Mary’s model of faithfulness and strength. Help me to trust in you, like she did. Help me to share your love with the world. My spirit rejoices in you!
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners!