Our Magnificat

Scripture Reading

“My heart exults in the LORD,
my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
I rejoice in my victory.”

“The bows of the mighty are broken,
while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
while the mother of many languishes.”

“The LORD puts to death and gives life;
he casts down to the nether world;
he raises up again.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
he humbles, he also exalts.”

“He raises the needy from the dust;
from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
and make a glorious throne their heritage.”
(1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8)


Scripture Study

2:1, 3, 9 Hannah appeals to a God who maintains order by keeping human affairs in balance, reversing the fortunes of the arrogant, who, like Peninnah, boast of their good fortune at the expense of those like Hannah who receive less from the Lord. Hannah’s admission places her among the faithful who trust that God will execute justice on their behalf.

2:10 The reference “his king … his anointed” recalls the final sentence of the Book of Judges and introduces the kingship theme that dominates the Books of Samuel.[1]

Scripture Reflection

The song of Hannah is a psalm in praise of God for his saving action among his people; the book of Samuel ends (2 Sam 1:51) with another psalm extolling divine intervention through the dynasty of David. Both songs contain similar elements, but Hannah’s, even though it ends by referring to the king and his anointed, concentrates more on the specifics of God’s actions: it stresses his preference for the weak, the hungry, the barren and the needy over those who have plenty. The Magnificat (Lk 1:46), which takes its inspiration from this passage, tells us that in the fullness of time God will intervene in a definitive way. All disciples, in reflecting on the blessings bestowed upon them, should make this prayer one of their own by humbly coming before God and saying, “My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior, for he has done great things for me.”

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV. 



[1] Donald Senior, John J. Collins, and Mary Ann Getty, eds., The Catholic Study Bible, 2nd Ed.: Notes, 2nd ed., vol. 2 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 334.