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. David T. Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister:

Mary’s beloved words echo Hannah’s song in 1st Samuel 2, reveling in the gracious way in which God redefines power and wealth in this world, and foreshadowing the way in which her Son’s presence in this world would graciously level the high places and raise up the valleys.  This is good news for a people often distracted by the flashy and obvious – a people prone to missing the holy when it is obscured by the mundane, everyday routines of life.

 Even when our ears become dulled to The Story from weeks of overplayed ditties, and when our wallets are thinned and in danger of wasting away, God can and does surprise us and surprise our world again with a lift for the lowly, a word of mercy, a feast for the hungry, the birth of a child in a barren time.  May we be shaken to a new awareness of his coming.

Surprise us again, O God, and meet us even in this common day.