My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… God has shown the strength of 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…Luke 1:46, 51-52
This coming Sunday is traditionally the Sunday during which we look again at the song of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Though we will be continuing our focus on Isaiah during worship this weekend, Mary’s song and story are worth taking a moment to discuss.
Though little detail is known about her life from the canon of scripture, what we do know is that she was a young woman, of child-bearing age, to willingly agreed to carry God’s own child into the world. The Word that was begotten, not made, before the world began. God’s own self, really.
Popular Christmas music has suggested that Mary was likely unaware of Who she held within her body and within her arms. Yet, scripture directly contradicts this.
Mary knew. She went into this eyes wide open. And the proof of her knowledge comes through in the song she sings to give praise to God while she is pregnant. It is not only a melody of excitement for herself, but a prophecy of God’s promises that are about to be fulfilled. And this rebellious, unwed (as yet), teenage mother sings a song of a world that is completely turned on its head.
The powerful shall fall.
The lowly will not only rise,
but God will give them all they need.
She speaks of her son’s work and, in doing so, she speaks of God’s work. Work of which she is a part now, too.
Listen to Mary’s song again and see the wonders of what God is already doing in our midst. It is the power of Love taking over. And what a miracle that will be.
Blessings, Pastor Janie