“Magnificat anima mea Dominum: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord” Luke 1:46.
Fear. There are many types of fear. Some people are afraid of touching certain insects, and some are afraid of taking a plane. Imagine when you were a child. Imagine the first day of school. You may have been afraid, and you may have tried to avoid the situation.
However, here is another type of fear that Mary had. The fear of an unexpected situation. An unexpected baby. A baby without marriage. It must have been difficult for Mary to accept the situation that she was going to face.
There are many things in the world that we can not see. However, there are also many things that we do not want to see. Look at ourselves. Do our ears open to hear the struggles of the minorities of the world? Do our eyes open to see that people are crying for justice?
I have been working at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach for two weeks, and I have seen and studied here how people have been and are being treated unjustly in the world. Moreover, I have seen how people and institutions have worked alongside people who live with fear.
It is everyone’s job to help the abused people to overcome their fear. It is our job to help people who have struggled with poverty and injustice. It is our job to help people to proclaim ‘the greatness of the Lord!’