The Gospel reading for today is very appropriate for the last day of classes. The prayer of Mary, the Magnificat, the second half of the reading, is recited daily in the Liturgy of the Hours. The prayer is a reminder that the Christian faith is one that is counter-cultural and one that calls us to embrace opportunities to build bridges and connections across divisions. As part of Evening Prayer the Magnificat provides a power lens through which we can assess our day. How have we built others up? Have we been true to our authentic self? How have I reached out to those on the margins? In my classroom? Office or playing field? How have I modeled the promise of mercy so visibly depicted in the Gospel?
As we conclude this academic year and look towards a time of rest and reflection let us open our hearts to the prayer of Mary and allow these words to guide our thoughts, prayers and preparation for a new year.
—Ed Hardiman, Ph.D., P'19 '21 '26