In Luke 1:46-55, Mary cries out what in first century Roman Palestine must have been a fairly audacious thing to say, much less during the course of her visitation to Elizabeth. At the end of the Magnificat, the Gospel says that Mary stayed for three months with Elizabeth, presumably at the place in Judah where her cousin lived.
Notably, the Gospel (verses 39-40) describes Mary as traveling “in haste” from Nazareth in Galilee – a place of great foment near Mt. Tabor – to the home of her cousin in Judah.
The Gospel of Luke seems to put Mary in a very different light than does the Gospel of Matthew. It seems that the Magnificat’s text on social justice is not a core part of Catholic devotion. What can we learn about Mary from the various depictions we see of her?