Todays Gospel reading is the Magnificat, Mary’s song of praise when she learns of being the bearer of the Christ Child. Interesting is that in this hymn or psalm, Mary takes on the role of servant and a joyful servant at that. She offers praise to God and recognizes the blessings that God has bestowed upon her, She gives God thanks, speaks of Gods mercy, justice, compassion, and love for His people. While the Magnificat is thought to be a hymn, it does sum up Mary’s attitude towards God. She is a joyful and obedient servant to her God. Mary’s devotion is to God, and God alone. Throughout the gospels she points out the importance of doing whatever her Son asks. The most obvious demand for obedience is the wedding feast at Cana where she states “do all he asks.” While she never abandons her Son, remember she stands at the foot of the cross, the gospel does not mention her devotion to the temple she spent so much time at as a child, or to its priests, or to the teachers at the synagogue. Hers is pure devotion to her Son, the Son of God. I bring up her lack of Nationalism simply because of todays antiphon O Rex Gentium:
O King of the gentiles and their desired One, the cornerstone that makes both one: come, and deliver man, whom you formed out of the dust of the earth.
This antiphon is the companion of O Key of David. Key of David is Jesus rightful place on the throne of David and the role as Messiah that title speaks of. O King of the gentiles is the other half that places him a universal King. Universal is Catholic. It is that Kingship that unites all that has been divide, and that which brings peace to the world. It allows people to sing Joy to the world, the Lord has come. An undivided kingdom is one that allows for peace, it is a kingdom united under God and obedient to Gods laws, and not mans whims. It is a kingdom of servants that recognize God as Mary does.
Christmas Novena day 7
HAIL, and blessed be the hour and moment At which the Son of God was born Of a most pure Virgin At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem In the piercing cold At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, To hear my prayers for peace. Peace between people, and peace between nations. Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Amen