Today's gospel has given us the opportunity to look at the important role of Mary in the salvation history. Her "magnificat" as a response to the greetings of Elizabeth is a song of praise - Mary's song of praise to the immense mercy and compassion of God to His people.
It is fitting to recognize in this season of Advent the unique characteristic of Mary as the first disciple. She, who has believed that God's word to her would be fulfilled, invites us today to open our hearts as well to the grace of God and bring Jesus into the world specially where He is needed the most. May we all be inspired by the faith of Mary, our model of true discipleship, so that we could all be vessels of God's saving works to those around us.
Mary, model and symbol of the Church, pray for us that we may be like you who always pray: "thy will be done."