1Samuel 1:24-28; Psalm – 1Samuel 2:1, 4-8; Luke 1:46-56
Hannah (Samuel’s mother) was barren and had pleaded with the Lord to give her a child. This the Lord did and she brings the child to the temple at Shiloh to dedicate him to the Lord in keeping with the promise she had made. Hannah gave thanks for the birth of Samuel. In the gospel we have the ‘Magnificat’ – Mary’s hymn of praise as written by Luke for the wondrous thing the Lord has done for her. Beloved, has the Lord done wondrous things for you? Let us learn to give thanks to the Lord. It is popularly said that if you want your tank to be full be thankful.
Let us pray – The Magnificat (Song of praise)
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name; And His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him. He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has given help to Israel, His servant, mindful of His mercy – Even as He spoke to our father – to Abraham and to his posterity forever.