A Poor Clare sister put on Facebook that confronted with this reality we must focus on the so-called prayer of St. Francis (he didn't write it): "Make me an instrument of your peace." I agree with sister, "where there is hatred let us sow love," "where war, peace." However, I would add that where there is oppression we must bring a loving lucha (struggle), where there is injustice, peaceful battle, which is why I prefer to the prayer of the Virgin Maria (Luke 1:46-55).
She was a poor woman and a part of an oppressed people; whose land was under the weight of Roman oppression. In that context and in a painful, marginalized and oppressed cotidiano she was able to do two things before God.
First, she praised God for all the benefits granted to her and her cousin Elizabeth. Sung as did Miriam, the revolutionary sister of Moses, she looked God in the eyes and proclaimed:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
Despite the pain of her people and her own sorrows she knew to look for signs that God was still with her, supporting her and holding her in her everyday live. She did not allow the harsh reality of an oppressive Government and poverty rob her of her dignity and optimism, so while her body went through pains and sorrows, her soul rings out with the greatness of God and her spirit rejoices in God her Savior. In this way she was faithful to the reality of God’s Reign that her Son came to proclaim.
This fidelity to the reality of God’s Reign, did not deny the sinful and oppressive reality in which she found herself and in which she would give birth to the son of God. The second thing that knew how to do before God was to challenge God. With strong and courageous words she looked into God’s heart and demanded justice for her people. With the delicacy of a strong woman she gave God a grateful challenge:
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
For God the Father’s maternal heart these words were a challenge, a lament that wants to know “Why have you still not done what I am thanking you for? María as the revolutionary she was and is prays God to remember his mercy and "to show the strength of his arm, to disperse the proud of heart, to bring down the powerful from their thrones and to lift up the humble, to fill the hungry with good things and to dismiss the rich empty handed."
The voice of the Nazarene Virgin, daughter of an oppressed and marginalized people and mother of a Son who would be abused and killed by the harsh reality of his times, gave a voice to those who have no voice all over the world, to those that no one wants, which Trump and so it seems much of the US. prefer on the other side of the infamous wall.
She speaks for the poor and homeless of her people and of her day. She invites us to look in the eyes of God and praise him because even with the darkness of today there is light and there is hope and we will not allow ourselves to lose our optimism and for this may our souls praise the greatness of God and our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.
María invites and challenges us to scrutinize the maternal heart of our father and to find the strength to fight honestly and peacefully for the rights of the poor, marginalized, oppressed and forgotten. With the valor of our mother and sister in the lucha (struggle), Santa Maria of Nazareth let us place our hope in God and say with her:
Your mercy is from age to age to those who fear you. Show might with your arm, disperse the arrogant of mind and heart. Throw down the rulers from their thrones, lift up the lowly. Fill the hungry with good things; the rich send away empty. Help your people, Lord.