USCCB NAB - December 22, 2010:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name."
Mary was a young, unmarried girl...looking at it with earthly eyes she had very little to rejoice about in this un-planned pregnancy. I'm not sure how much she knew or didn't know about all that her 'yes' entailed, but her faith told her that no matter what, an abundance of grace would follow. Mary had eyes of faith and knew that whatever God willed would be for the greater good...and thus she rejoiced.
How much do we rejoice over our own 'assignments'...those 'jobs' that the Lord has entrusted us to complete. If you are anything like me, I bet there is often much more grumbling and complaining then there is rejoicing.
Dear Lord, help me to meet this day with joy and gratitude. Amen.