My soul magnifies the Lord
Mary is blessed among women. She received the unique privilege of becoming the
mother of the Messiah. No other woman in history has ever or can ever receive
such an honour.
Yet when she opened her mouth, at the visitation of her relative Elizabeth, Mary
did not speak about her own greatness and glory. The opening words of the
Magnificat, “My soul magnifies the Lord,” reveal the passion and devotion of her
heart to God.
She was marvelled at how God looked upon her, his servant, in her lowliness.
Along with the great privilege, God also adorned Mary with a humble spirit. Her
spiritual vision remained clear and unobscured by pride. She is lowly, God is
exalted; she is a servant, God is the Lord over all. Her desire was the
exultation of God’s holy name for the great things he had done for her.
This does not mean that we cannot admire Mary’s beautiful virtues, especially
her humility, faith and obedience to her calling. In so doing we will not
detract in the least from the glory of God. When I praise a work of art, I do
not show any disrispect to the artist! On the contrary, I honour the artist by
admiring his work. In the same way, Mary is God’s masterpiece, and when we
joyfully call her blessed, we honour God who made her.
Mary’s beauty shines most brilliantly in the intension of her heart. Her sole
desire was to glorify the Lord. We begin to know and understand Mary when we see
her as our model and turn our eyes to heaven to magnify the Lord, just like she
Yet we will not follow in Mary’s steps unless we taste and see for ourselves
that the Lord is good. We must first realise our own lowliness and nothingness,
and experience the grace of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. We must
first receive the wonderful privilege of becoming servants of the blessed and
sovereign Lord. Then, and only then, we would exalt the name of God for the
great things he had done for us. The redeemed alone can honestly and joyfully
sing, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord!’