lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”
Luke 1:46-48. New Revised Standard Version.
Mary’s song describes what she feels in her heart. She is open to us and to God. Every word is carefully thought out and powerfully proclaimed. Those who have the weight of the world on their shoulders find themselves in Mary’s song.
We are lifted up by her inclination toward the Lord. This ever upward prayer commends a spirit of humility as our attitude toward God. Each word builds upon the next as if powered by an unseen force. Yet each hearer remembers that time when the yearning for justice was so close. It is the yearning of Mary.
She unleashes the inward journey and makes it a public statement. Why can’t this be a world where God is adored, and magnified? Why can’t the relationship with neighbor be one of mutual respect? It is the cry of the ages, poignantly posed by the one needing justice most of all.
Is the world ready for such obedience? World majorities are looking in rear view mirrors voting for yesterday’s world. Who will notice the Savior who comes today? Will the rich? Will the world listen to a spokesperson of the least?
Palestinian, female, born among the least powerful clans, Mary was counted as one of the anawim, those overwhelmed by want. Yet here she offers her life as the handmaiden of the Lord. This is the response of someone who regarded her life as filled with the good things of God. There is no hesitance to serve as she has been called.
The pathos of God is conceived in her womb. Divine humanity is subjected to the human ambivalence toward good and evil. Call, providence, predestination, call it what you will, this is Mary’s life.
And she’s all in…
Merry Christmas with love,