We read about Mary after: after she gave birth to Jesus; after he established himself as the Messiah; after he died and rose again; after his ascension. It would, perhaps, be easy to magnify the Lord and express such strong sentiments as she verbalizes in the Magnificat after all the prophecies about Jesus had been fulfilled.
But Mary was praising God before any of these positive things happened. She was expressing supreme faith in her God at a time when many of us would have recoiled in questioning disappointment. She was pregnant, unmarried and almost certain to experience judgment and stigmatization. How could she praise God? How could she say he had done great things for her?
Mary sets an exquisite example for us to follow. When we can praise God despite difficulties we’re going through and when our lives don’t make sense, that is the supreme expression of trust in our loving God.
Today, God, give us faith to trust you regardless of our circumstances. Help us to praise you even when we cannot understand your ways. Amen. — KGT