Bruce explained the prayer of Hannah and its connection with the Magnificat to the group. “Hannah lived more than a 100 years before Jesus. She was a childless wife, mocked by her husband’s other wife. She came to pray in the temple. Eli the priest, after listening to her, told her she would become pregnant and she bore a son. The boy, Samuel, became an important prophet. In her joy Hannah prayed a prayer, which Mary used, as the Magnificat, after she had conceived and was visiting her cousin Elizabeth. Today, it is still an appropriate prayer for us to pray often in the light of the with the great inequalities in power and wealth and how that affects society.
Hannah’s prayer: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. “No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God. “Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the Lord is the God of knowledge; and by Him actions are weighed.
“The bows of the mighty men are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, and the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven, and she who has many children has become feeble. “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory.
“For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them. He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. “For by strength no man shall prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; from heaven He will thunder against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, and exalt the strength of His anointed.” , 1 Samuel 2.
Pope Francis: Today the thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of make a god out of the market which becomes the only rule. EG56