The Almighty has done great things for me!

There’s an old song, popularized by, among many others, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, called: “You’re nobody till somebody loves you, you’re nobody till somebody cares…”

Mary was loved much by God, so much so that He wanted her to be the mother of His Son, Jesus Christ. By God’s love, Mary was immaculately conceived. She returned God’s love for her by replying to Gabriel’s announcement that she was to be the Mother of God, “I am the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.”

Having also been informed by the heavenly messenger, Gabriel, that her cousin, Elizabeth, though barren and advanced in years, had also conceived because “nothing is impossible with God,” Mary set out on a journey to visit her and the occasion gave her the opportunity to proclaim her own version of “You’re nobody till somebody loves you…” with the Magnificat:

         My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

                       my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

         Because he has looked with favor on his lowly servant;

                        from this day all generations will call me blessed.

         The Almighty has done great things for me,

                        holy is his name.

Mary brought forth Jesus into life, and was there at the foot of the cross as she watched over his death, sharing in the passion of her Son. At the foot of the cross, she became Mother of the Church, which was confirmed when the Holy Spirit came upon her and the disciples at the birth of the Church on the first Pentecost. Yes, the cross was her victory as she was taken up body and soul into heaven and crowned Queen of heaven and earth. A nobody became a somebody through the victory of the cross; in other words, because God loved her!
-Msgr. Joseph Ranieri

There’s an old song, popularized by, among many others, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, called: “You’re nobody till somebody loves you, you’re nobody till somebody cares…”

Mary was loved much by God, so much so that He wanted her to be the mother of His Son, Jesus Christ. By God’s love, Mary was immaculately conceived. She returned God’s love for her by replying to Gabriel’s announcement that she was to be the Mother of God, “I am the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.”

Having also been informed by the heavenly messenger, Gabriel, that her cousin, Elizabeth, though barren and advanced in years, had also conceived because “nothing is impossible with God,” Mary set out on a journey to visit her and the occasion gave her the opportunity to proclaim her own version of “You’re nobody till somebody loves you…” with the Magnificat:

         My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

                       my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

         Because he has looked with favor on his lowly servant;

                        from this day all generations will call me blessed.

         The Almighty has done great things for me,

                        holy is his name.

Mary brought forth Jesus into life, and was there at the foot of the cross as she watched over his death, sharing in the passion of her Son. At the foot of the cross, she became Mother of the Church, which was confirmed when the Holy Spirit came upon her and the disciples at the birth of the Church on the first Pentecost. Yes, the cross was her victory as she was taken up body and soul into heaven and crowned Queen of heaven and earth. A nobody became a somebody through the victory of the cross; in other words, because God loved her!
-Msgr. Joseph Ranieri