Cycle C

Good News C38

Feast of the Assumption


 Luke 1:39-56 New American Bible

Luke 1:39-56 New International Version Bible Gateway


Luke 46-47 And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.


The King James Version of the Bible says, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

I like the word magnifies.  When something is magnified it is enlarged so that you can see it better.  When something is magnified it is made more important.  Magnifying something makes you notice it more.

If you follow Mary’s example, your soul will also magnify the Lord.  You will look at God through a magnifying glass.  You will take a close look at everything that God does for you.  You will be more thankful.  The more thankful you are and the more you praise God for what you have, the more you get. 

You may not be carrying the baby Jesus, but you carry God with you everywhere you go.  He is in every cell in your body.  If you shut God out of your life….your body and mind suffer a big loss, but losing your soul is the biggest loss of all.  If you lose your soul, you will never see God face to face in heaven.  You will not get to play tennis in heaven!  You will not get to bowl a ball down the heavenly lanes of Paradise.  If you want to play football with the real PROs, make sure you make a touchdown with God.  Kick the ball right over the pearly gates of heaven.  God is marking first and ten for you each time you do something good for someone.  

Name the woman who has most inspired you to be a better person, to be more like God, your heavenly Father.  Mother Teresa won the Nobel peace prize. She was noted for what she did to help all people she came in contact with. To read some of her most quoted words, click here. Her soul magnified the goodness of the Lord.  She told everyone about the goodness of God.  She inspired others to be the very best they could be.  Your soul tells the greatness of God.  The things you do for others shows up on the big screen of life.  It is magnified.  It shows the time you gave part of the money you received for your birthday to the homeless shelter.  It shows the day you took the time to carry a box for your teacher.  It will show the time you called 911 for a stranded motorist.  It will show the time you spent visiting with a friend whose father was in the hospital.  After you do something for another person, your spirit rejoices in God your savior. 

In front of a house at Christmas time, people may put up lights.  The beautiful lights help the house to be noticed.  Every time you perform a Corporal or Spiritual Work of Mercy, your soul lights up brighter and brighter.  Your good works help you to be noticed.  Goodness glows from you.  Draw a picture of yourself.  Draw rays of goodness coming from 7 places on your body.  Write on the lines seven acts of goodness and mercy you have done for others.

Cynthia, a lady who took care of my Mother when she was 87 so I could go to the grocery store had a great reply for any compliment I gave her.  She said, “To God be the glory.”  That’s what Mary was saying.  That’s what we should be saying, too.

Say the “Our Father” and use a magnifying glass to look for people who have been doing good things in God’s name.  Thank them for what they are doing for you and/or others.  Praise God for making so many paths of goodness open for you.  Ask God to help you notice the people in your path who need your help.  Use your magnifying glass to help you see the small people who might easily be missed.  Perhaps they live out in the country or in an alley downtown.  If you ask God, he will show you exactly who to help and give you the skills and the wisdom to know how to help them.  


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”




Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards