46 Mary said, “My heart praises the Lord; 47 my soul is glad because of God my Savior, 48 for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy, 49 because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me. His name is holy; 50 from one generation to another he shows mercy to those who honor him.
While visiting her relative Elizabeth, Mary uttered the words above. These words compose the first verses of what has become known as the “Magnificat.” These words are brief but full of hope for one who is or feels lowly. First there is the mention of praising the Lord from the heart. Then Mary goes from feelings of the heart to the soul and she attributes the gladness of her soul to God as God has remembered her even though she is a lowly servant. She continues to state that because of what God has done for her will result in her eternal happiness in which all people will know about down through the ages.
By inference we conclude as Mary does that God will show mercy from one generation to another to those who honor God. As generations before us, may we honor God for eternity?