By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, December 14, 2017
When was the last time you reflected upon
Mary's proclamation, commonly known as, the
Magnificat. It is found in Luke 1 and is prompted
by a conversation between Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth.
And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
Too often we see Mary through a romantic lens that may mute her radical proclamation. Mary's place was far more than a mere passive vessel of God's work. Mary's words are prophetic and they call us to be better people, but also to build better communities.
Let's listen with fresh ears to Mary's story that brings together both joy and justice, as we gather for worship on Sunday.