He who seeketh, findeth

August 12, 2007

Meditation on Savants and The Magnificat. (God Lifting Up The Hungry and The Lowly.)

Filed under: Meditation,Reason for Breathing,Thoughts and Reflections — Steve (Chessiq) @ 12:53 am
THE MAGNIFICAT (The Song of Mary)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,
The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever. (Souce: Wikipedia)
SAVANT:
“An autistic savant (historically described as idiot savant) is a person with both autism and Savant Syndrome. Savant Syndrome describes a person having both a severe developmental or mental handicap and extraordinary mental abilities not found in most people. The Savant Syndrome skills involve striking feats of memory and often include arithmetic calculation and sometimes unusual abilities in art or music.” – (Source: Wikipedia)

I have always been fascinated by Savants, and being Catholic, I have come across The Magnificat. I have always tried to make sense of the “dichotomy” that exists in Savants. Why would that happen? I don’t know. In the world that we live in, we expect, the rich, the smart, the beautiful, the perfect people, to have the genius of Savants. If an average person looked at a Savant before witnessing the hidden skill/genius, he would not spend another minute unless they had to. Not that they are repulsive. But they are not exteriorly engaging as, say models or “normal people”. However, God decided to give them something that would more than compensate for their disability. People would flock to them to see their genius/miraculous performance.

Thinking about this reminded me of the Magnificat, when the Holy Mary, says:

“He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.”

It does not require genius to figure out that when the Genius is taken out of the Savant, he is the perfect example of the “lowly” and “hungry”. We, the “normal people” are the “proud” and “mighty”, if not literally, then at least comparatively.

For me, The Savants are God’s way of choosing the least among us for His greatest works. He has done it before, most notably, at the Conception and Birth of Jesus. He does it again now.

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