First reading 1 Samuel 1:24-28

This is the child I prayed for: he is made over to the Lord.

When Hannah had weaned the infant Samuel, she took him up with her together with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the temple of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was with them. They slaughtered the bull and the child’s mother came to Eli. She said, ‘If you please, my lord. As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. This is the child I prayed for, and the Lord granted me what I asked him. Now I make him over to the Lord for the whole of his life. He is made over to the Lord.’
  There she left him, for the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1,4-8

My heart exults in the Lord my Saviour.
My heart exults in the Lord.
  I find my strength in my God;
my mouth laughs at my enemies
  as I rejoice in your saving help.
My heart exults in the Lord my Saviour.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
  but the weak are clothed with strength.
Those with plenty must labour for bread,
  but the hungry need work no more.
The childless wife has children now
  but the fruitful wife bears no more.
My heart exults in the Lord my Saviour.
It is the Lord who gives life and death,
  he brings men to the grave and back;
it is the Lord who gives poverty and riches.
  He brings men low and raises them on high.
My heart exults in the Lord my Saviour.
He lifts up the lowly from the dust,
  from the dungheap he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes
  to give him a glorious throne.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
  on them he has set the world.
My heart exults in the Lord my Saviour.

Gospel Luke 1:46-56

The Almighty has done great things for me

Mary said:
‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will 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.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

Song of praise to God

The Magnificat reveals the God that Mary believes. She proclaims a God who intervenes in human history and works for the good of all. He  lifts the lowly and helps the poor and the weak. He brings down the proud and wealthy ones who oppress and dehumanise others. God is  always with His people in His faithful love, especially the most vulnerable ones among us. In fact, Jesus, through His words and actions,  reveals fully that God is love, He is the God of the weak and the vulnerable who always reaches out to those in need.
Often, we have false images of God, such as God as one who punishes us or as indifferent to our sufferings. As we pray with Mary’s  Magnificat, let us ask ourselves: What kind of God do I believe? Today, let us also experience ourselves as one of the lowly who longs for  God’s presence, and know that He will always fill us with His love. Filled with His presence, we continue to reveal to others the God as who  He truly is.
Question for reflection:
If I were to write my own Magnificat, what would it be?
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year C” by Sr. Sandra Seow FMVD.