Mary was pregnant when she went to see her cousin Elizabeth. After Elizabeth’s encouragement, Mary praised God in a beautiful song. This is usually called Mary’s Magnificat. In Latin, magnificat means “magnifies.” Mary is magnifying or praising God for the coming child.
“My soul gives glory to the Lord.
My spirit delights in God my Savior.
He has taken note of me even though I am not considered important.
From now on all people will call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me.
His name is holy.
He shows His mercy to those who have respect for Him,
from parent to child down through the years.
He has done mighty things with His powerful arm.
He has scattered those who are proud in their deepest thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones.
But he has lifted up people who are not considered important.
He has filled with good things those who are hungry.
But He has sent away empty those who are rich.
He has helped the people of Israel, who serve Him.
He has always remembered to be kind
to Abraham and his children down through the years.
He has done it just as He promised to our people of long ago.”
LU K E 1 : 4 6 – 5 5
What does Mary say about God in this passage?