I've always loved the Magnificat and as I get older is gets more meaningful, especially in this frightened and cruel age. Our Lady reveals herself to be a "socialist" (according to the current American usage) by placing herself squarely on the side of the poor and downtrodden. She announces what kind of Messiah the child she carries will be. He won't be the one we always wanted then and now, an irresistible force that fixes everything, rights all the wrongs, levels everything, and renders us powerless to resist obedience to his command. Instead, her Son will be Our Friend, always with us and for us no matter what, and will always be there at our ends waiting to welcome us home. He wants from us the one thing He cannot command, our love.