The Magnificat | A Declaration

 46And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord

47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48for he has been mindful

of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

holy is his name.

50His mercy extends to those who fear him,

from generation to generation.

51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

52He has brought down rulers from their thrones

but has lifted up the humble.

53He has filled the hungry with good things

but has sent the rich away empty.

54He has helped his servant Israel,

remembering to be merciful

55to Abraham and his descendants forever,

just as he promised our ancestors.”

    56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Mary is often portrayed as a young and simple girl. She may have been both but it becomes very clear from her song that she had very clear observations about the world around her and the expectations that she had for the coming Messiah.

Today’s thought is to simply reflect on Mary’s words. Could they be mine? Who are the humble that I would desire to be lifted up? Do I know hungry that need to be filled? Could I articulate my hope for the world as Mary did in a way that doesn’t look like me simply getting my way?

The Magnificat; truly magnificent.

Published by Daniel M Harding

Husband, father, associate pastor.

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