In our gospel today, Elizabeth praises Mary by calling her blessed among women. As powerful as that statement was, it pales in comparison to the statement of Mary herself.
Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”
Elizabeth quite rightly focused on how the Lord had blessed Mary. Mary’s response revealed that her soul and her very being was transformed into a living proclamation of the greatness of God’s love and mercy.
Her soul doth magnify the Lord.