As we move toward the third Sunday in Advent, Bishop Ward reflects on Mary’s Magnificat and the significance of giving to the Imagine No Malaria campaign during this season.
Joy to you in this Holy season – the same joy of which Mary sang in the Magnificat.
This Mozambican depiction of Mary reminds us of her glorious song. “You have shown strength, O Lord. With your mighty arm, you have lifted up those who are poor, you have brought down those who are powerful, you have filled those who are hungry and you have sent the rich, empty, away.” Mary sings of the righteousness and love and justice and grace of God.
In this Holy season, as we prepare to receive Jesus Christ into our midst, we sing this same song. Your generosity through Imagine No Malaria is a magnificent gift. It is, in it’s own way, a magnificat, a way of singing glory to God. Through our offerings, children are protected under mosquito nets, such as this one draping the manger. People are receiving medicine and treatment when they have become ill with malaria. Whole communities are learning how to deal with water as it collects seasonally, and stands as a breeding place for mosquitos. In all of these ways, Imagine No Malaria, is a comprehensive effort to eradicate malaria from the continent of Africa.
Thank you for your magnificat, your magnificent gifts this Holy season, as we sing Mary’s song together- “Great is our God.”
Joy to you this day.