Gift: Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.
Observation: In one of the selections for today’s Gospel reading that ends with the beginning of Mary’s response, called the Canticle of Mary, we hear about her relative, Elizabeth, greeting her by paying her a most amazing compliment about how she is most favored by God. She could have said, “Oh well, you know, clean living and clean heart leads to Holy favors!” She didn’t though, she said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” How much more should this be my response when I am paid a compliment? Not because of my greatness, but because of His grace that has done so much for me.
Personification: Gentleness. Since I am programmed, by the society I live in, to learn how to take a compliment, and do it by remembering that I should give thanks to the other people who helped me to be able to do these things, I think I often forget to give praise and glory to God, who is the one who deserves it. I hope that I can display the fruit of gentleness, like Mary does in her Canticle and in her response to the Archangel Gabriel when he announces that she will be giving birth to our savior.
Prayer: Lord, unlike Mary, I don’t know what you have planned for me, but I want to answer the way she did when presented with your will for me. Be it done unto your servant according to your will. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!