Monday, December 22
Advent weekday: O King of Nations (O Rex Gentium)
The Song of Mary, or Magnificat as it is known in Latin, is one of the most ancient Christian hymns, perhaps the earliest Marian hymn. It reflects the strong biblical tradition of justice for the poor and oppressed. It is a song of reversals of power, as all is upended by the true power and glory that is the coming of the Lord. Have your eyes seen the glory? Are you looking in the right places? We pray today: O King of Nations and keystone of the church, come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 1:24-28; Luke 1:46-56 (198). “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.”