Reflecting on God’s Word …

Magnificat (Mary’s Song)

Luke 1:46-55 NLT

[46] Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.

[47] How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

[48] For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.

[49] For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.

[50] He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.

[51] His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.

[52] He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.

[53] He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.

[54] He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful.

[55] For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Reflection

This passage in Luke’s gospel is known as Mary’s Song or known traditionally as the Magnificat. It’s an important part of the Christmas story and is often only briefly considered by many of us during the Advent season. We’ll look at it today and tomorrow on our Advent journey this month.

It begins …. Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.

Mary’s response to being God’s servant to carry the Messiah in her womb was one of profound praise and deep worship. She was certainly humbled and honoured to be given the joy and responsibility to care for God’s Son, Jesus.

What is our response to being given the joy and responsibility to share Jesus with the world around us? Is it one of profound praise and deep worship. Hopefully! Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, and He lives in us when we believe in Him. Let’s share that Good News with the world we live in though our daily living — our choices, attitude, our giving and loving, and by our praise and worship of the Lord!

Mary rejoices because … for the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.

Mary had been given the opportunity to be a servant of the Lord. She took that opportunity with the greatest of seriousness, followed the Lord’s guiding and it changed her life, and ours! The choices she made had a great impact on so many others. She chose to accept the calling of the Lord on her life, follow where the Lord led her and completely dedicate her life to all that it meant for her. The Lord had already done great things for her, just by revealing to her the calling on her life and that it would change the world.

We have been given the opportunity to serve the Lord. Will we take it with the same kind of seriousness? Accept whatever the Lord has in store for us, get to know Him better and commit ourselves to serving Him and allowing Him to change us and the world around us by His Spirit? We have a calling to know Him, love Him, and serve Him.