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Mary’s canticle: Helping us to receive with a grateful heart

By H. Richard McCord
Catholic News Service

Like many families, we have happy Christmas memories saved in photos. There is one of our sons at age 6 seated on his first bicycle under the Christmas tree. His head is thrown back with an exuberant smile. We were pleased to be able to give him this “best gift ever” and he was equally delighted to receive it. Such a memory reminds us that Christmas is as much about receiving gratefully as it is about giving generously.
A gift requires a giver and a receiver to be a complete experience. This truth can get lost in the Christmas frenzy of acquiring and checking off items on our list. The commercial message of Christmas focuses attention on what we’re going to give when really it’s asking the bottom-line question: How much are you going to spend? The successful Christmas season always seems to be measured in dollars and cents.
Giving generously, especially to the needy, is a truly blessed act. St. Paul even tells us that “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Giving is more than just a good human action. For a Christian, it’s a participation in the divine activity by which God the Father gives us his son whose unconditional love brings us salvation. At Christmas we rejoice in God’s supreme gift by celebrating the earthly coming of his son. Our Christmas giving is meant to be an act of gratitude acknowledging what and whom God has first given to us.
As important as it is to imitate the divine generosity by knowing how to give, it also is necessary to know how to receive a gift. We can look to Mary as the best example of one who receives.
In St. Luke’s account, Mary responds to the angel’s message that she is to become the mother of Christ. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior” (Lk 1:46).
Mary’s canticle offers a perfect example of how to receive a gift graciously, sincerely and humbly. Realizing what she has been given, Mary expresses gratitude. “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Lk 1:49).
In this way Mary places the emphasis where it should be, namely, on what God does for us. We receive all that we have and all we will ever need from his generous hand.
To receive a gift at Christmas, no matter how small or simple, with delight and a grateful heart symbolizes our openness to receive all that God gives us.
When we open presents this Christmas might we reclaim some of the simple joy we once had as children when we received that special gift? If so, let this experience open our hearts not only to the gift giver but also to the one who himself is the divine gift.

McCord is the former executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Laity, Marriage,
Family Life and Youth. He is currently a freelance writer and ministry consultant.

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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