The Magnificat – Eucharist (Christ Mass) on a musical note
My soul magnifies the Lord and My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
Because He has given us the gift of His Son
Henceforth all ages will call Him Lord to the glory of God the Father.
The Magnificat- Mary’s Musical Note
Recognizing the heart behind the material makes it a gift. Even a gift is just a material if you don’t see the heart behind the material. The Magnificat (Latin: My Soul magnifies), the awe-inspiring canticle of Mother Mary, is not merely a hymn but an outlook, which looks at the heart of the Heavenly Father. A vigilant meditative refection on the Magnificat reveals the innumerable mysteries and marvels of the Eucharist hidden in Mary’s Musical note.
A gratuitous heart
The Eucharist, like the Magnificat of Mary, is first and foremost praise and thanksgiving (Greek word Eucharistae). Infact, Mary’s Eucharistic faith was lived even before the institution of this sacrament as she became a tabernacle in which the Son of God was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary conceived the Son of God in the physical reality of his Body and Blood at the Annunciation thus anticipating within herself what to some degree happens sacramentally in every believer who receives, under the signs of bread and wine, the Lord’s Body and Blood. The words, “My Soul magnifies the Lord and my Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour” expresses personal praise and thanksgiving of a gratuitous heart. Mary praises God “through, in and with” Jesus (in her womb). This is the true Eucharistic attitude observed Blessed Pope John Paul II. Our glory to God should make us a living sacrifice of praise.
Christmas means the mass of Christ. It is Christmas when Christ Jesus is born in our heart. It is truly Christmas when we celebrate the mass of Christ with Jesus born in our heart.
Is Christ truly born in our heart? Does our soul really magnify the Lord and does our spirit really rejoice on Christmas day for the greatest gift that our Heavenly Father has given us? What is the reason for this Christmas season?
A sublime heart
The Eucharist, like the Magnificat of Mary, recalls the wonders worked by God in salvation history and proclaims the wonder of the redemptive incarnation that surpasses them all. The words, “He Who is mighty has done great things for me and Holy is His Name; and His Mercy is from generation to generation to those who fear Him” recalls the sublime persona of God, who is Holy, abounding in steadfast Love and Mercy (Ex 34:6).
My son of 4 years once asked me, “Why do we have the same infant Jesus displayed in our Christmas Crib at home every year? Why does this Baby Jesus not grow up every year on His Birthday like we do? Truly, God’s priceless words are spoken through the mouth of children.
Has the Baby Jesus really grown in our life in our journey of spiritual maturity? What is the Real Spirit of Christmas, which the Lord wants us to celebrate? Are we too not invited to grow in holiness and become perfect like the Heavenly Father? (Mt 5:48).
A Hopeful heart
The Eucharist, like the Magnificat of Mary, elicits the vision of new heaven and new earth. The coming of the Messiah will usher in a three-fold revolution, i.e. social (proud and the humble), political (mighty from their thrones and lowly) and financial (hungry and rich). The Eucharist, like the canticle of Mother Mary celebrates the Son of God, who comes to us in the poverty of the sacramental signs of bread and wine thus sowing the seeds of a new era. Every human life not only has the power to lift itself but also has the power to lift the collective consciousness of humanity. Our daily Eucharistic celebration should bring about this revolution within us that we go out and celebrate Jesus in words and deeds and continue His mission.
A Christ Centered Heart.
Saint Louis de Montfort recommended that the Magnificat should be recited after the reception of Holy Communion. Mary was instrumental in the Word become Incarnate and in doing so, she sets an example that every Christian should seek to follow. This Christmas as we cherish the babe, let us commit to nurture the Word of God within us that it grows to maturity, even though a sword should pass through our own heart. The fullness of the Spirit and Word should lead us to joyful praise in our lives (Eph 5:18-20), which will be a true Eucharistic attitude. The Eucharist has been given to us so that our life, like that of Mary, may become completely a Magnificat
Kindly keep me in your prayers.