UNBORN WORD of the day

February 24, 2011, 12:29 am
Filed under: Biblical Reflections

Visitation, Initial D in the Gradual: originally from Wonnental Abbey, a Cistercian abbey that was founded in1248 and dissolved in 1807.

Our Blessed Mother is recorded speaking only 7 times in the Bible. These are often referred to as the 7 words of Mary.  1st Word: (How shall this be done?) 2nd Word: (Behold the Handmaid of the Lord) 3rd Word: (Her Salutation to Elizabeth) 4th Word: (The Magnificat) 5th Word: (Son, why hast Thou done so to us?) 6th Word: (They have no wine.) 7th Word: (Do whatever He tells you.)

A reflection by Mother St. Paul on  the 4th Word of Mary:  The Magnificat

“As soon as Elizabeth has finished “crying out with a loud voice ” her praise of Mary and of Jesus, and of the benefits God has wrought for herself and her son, Mary speaks, and in the longest of her recorded “words “ gives vent to the thoughts pent up in her breast. She at once closes the door against any praise given to herself: “My soul doth magnify the Lord”  He it is Whom we must praise and make much of; “and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior”;  Mary understands what it is that is making her so full of joy. It is the presence of Jesus her Savior. She has Him within her…”

“The name that St Bernardine gives to Mary s fourth word is  “Flamma amoris jubilantis” (A Flame of Joyful Love); Her love for God was so strong that it made her burst out into this joyful song of praise. She could no longer keep to herself all that God had done to her ; she must tell others ; she was so full of joy that she must sing God’s praises. And all her love and joy found expression in the Magnificat a song of thanksgiving for the Incarnation a song which showed clearly that Mary’s joy was caused by the glory that was given to God by the Incarnation.

All through those blessed three months during which Mary abode with Zachary and Elizabeth, she was singing Magnificat. All through her life she sang Magnificat, even though she was the Mother of Sorrows, for the thought of God’s  glory ever lifted her out of herself and made her praise Him for all He did. It was because Mary had said her Fiat that she could say her Magnificat….”

Mother St. Paul, Mater Christi, pp 35-38

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