Reading: And Mary said: 16 “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (Luke 1:46-55)
Observation: That’s what she said…The words are printed on the front of a t-shirt that I bought at a youth conference in San Diego last summer. On the back it says, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God, my savior.” It is one of the greatest responses to our society that increasingly tries to make us less respectful of our bodies and how our human sexuality can be a gift that we offer to God. “That’s what she said” is a phrase that is used in popular culture to poke fun at the fact that if we look at things through the perspective of a lust-filled atheist, everything we say can be construed to have some sexual undertones. Our Mother Mary would not have us speak this way, and I believe we should learn these words that begin the Canticle of Mary and repeat them whenever we hear someone say, “That’s what she said.” My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
Personification: Chastity – Able to form loving and caring friendships, which help us to act appropriately with our gift of sexuality. It is only through the intercession of our Lady that I am saved from my own depravity. However, I know that with the grace of God that comes to me as a free gift, that I have not done anything to merit, I am saved from myself. This world would have us believe that it doesn’t matter what you say and they are only words, but the words we use are a window into our soul, I believe that I want my words to be pleasing to God and respectful of the gifts that he has given me.
Prayer: Lord, help me to guard my speech and continue to supply me with the grace necessary to create right relationships with people that will help me display the fruit of chastity at all times. Please help me to remember these words attributed to our Mother Mary in the Gospel of Luke…My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.