Sarah Wilson points out in her introduction to the Magnificat reading, “Luther finds in Mary a prime example of his own understanding of faith and its righteousness. She embodies the faithfulness that praises God in both good times and bad, whose eyes are on the Lord's glory and not her own. He's simply astounded that she could receive the news that she would bear the savior and still not fall into sin with pride over it: "Tell me, was hers not a wondrous soul?"
Yes, Mary’s faith and humility are astounding. As Luther explains in the Magnificat, her humility comes from focusing her eyes, mind and heart upon God, not herself. Mary did not know that she was humble or full of faith. She just loved the Lord and sought to serve God in obedience to God’s Word.
Mary’s faith filled response to God encourages us to emulate her generosity of spirit. On August 15 & 16, we give thanks to God for Mary, the Mother of Our Lord.