(Gospel Acclamation)

“Blessed are you holy, Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise. From you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God.”

Just what was it about Mary that set her above all women and made her deserving of all praise? She declared that it was her “lowliness.”

Lord God, your daughter, Mary, praised you, “. . . for regarding the lowliness of your handmaid.” Perhaps it was her poverty that caught your eye.