“My spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant.” – Luke 1:47-48
There is such a beautiful weaving through the readings today, drawing on parallels between the lives of Hannah and Mary. Hannah dedicates Samuel for the Lord's service. Mary similarly offers herself to the Lord, ultimately leading to her becoming the mother of Jesus.
Both Hannah and Mary through their proclamations in the responsorial psalm and Gospel also echo similar sentiments. Hannah begins, “My heart exults in the Lord,” and Mary, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” These words provide a glimpse into what a life of dedication entails – it’s always about God, His word, His works. For Hannah and Mary, it was never about themselves.
Yet how often do I say that I’ve dedicated my own life to God, to follow Him, to serve Him… and end up making it about myself? Since things are not panning out the way that I thought dedicating myself to God would look like - whether by way of timing, circumstance, or otherwise. I belabor not getting enough credit for my work, not feeling valued or acknowledged, not being far along enough in my life, and so forth. It begins to dawn on me that it just never feels like enough. That I don’t believe I’m enough.
Then a gentle voice asks, what am I defining myself by, and really how much credit, value, and acknowledgement have I been giving to God? For all that He has and continues to do in this life He has given me, I only look at what seem to be holes. How often am I despairing or complaining, versus giving thanks and magnifying God’s invitation to greater trust and love?
Lord, please help me to proclaim your greatness in my own life, to be a witness and bearer of your deep presence in each person I meet today.
Reflected by Quyen (Nhi) Ngo