Read Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,

 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

 for he has looked with favor 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 forever.”

  From Rev. Bob Brooks, New Martinsville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

            We know very little about Mary. Mark skips the birth of Jesus altogether, and Mark’s Jesus seems indifferent to his mother. Matthew’s Mary is mute. She is present, but silent. Paul thinks it worth remarking that God’s Son was “born of a woman,” but he never mentions her name. Thank goodness we have Luke. Luke’s Mary does not keep silent. Luke’s Mary has something to sing about.

            In the Magnificat, Mary tells of her Savior who has “looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.” Mary is poor and pregnant and unmarried. But she sings! Why? Because Luke knows that Mary, poor and pregnant, is favored by God. So, she sings. Mary sings a song of freedom for all who, even in poverty still believe that God will make a way where there is no way. She sings of a God who “has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts and lifted up the lowly.” Mary rejoices in a world turned upside down by this birth.

            I wonder – Can we sing Mary’s song?

Open my lips, O God, and my mouth shall show forth your praise. 

 

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