We can learn a great deal from Mary when it comes to how to celebrate the advent of the Savior. In a culture that wallows in its own self-importance and its own reconstruction of both Jesus and the Christian faith, it behooves followers of Christ to magnify what (or in this case, Who) really matters.
In the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), Mary does not worry about how many gifts to buy or how to explain to her husband that she is pregnant with the Son of God (I would loved to have been a fly on the wall for that one!). Instead, she glorifies and magnifies God. Magnifying God will keep me from magnifying my efforts to help the poor and needy or the retail industry’s most inviting Christmas sales.
Are you magnifying your bank accounts, your stock portfolios, the size of your church or your ego?
May we follow Mary’s example and glorify the God whose gift to us shuts the door on our attempts to substitute piddly offerings of self-serving service for the Lord Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for our sins.