There are moments in every life when circumstances beyond our control rise up and crash down upon us, up-ending whatever plans we might have made and scattering our illusions of control. Today, we consider Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who found herself at a young age called into God's sweeping epic of salvation history. When she sings the words of the Magnificat, she models for us a discipleship that chooses to "magnify" God's place in our personal journeys, come what may.