December 18, 2015

There's Something About Mary

This coming Sunday's Gospel reading shares 'Mary's song' a poem or song that Jesus' pregnant mother says before his birth. She speaks of equity and justice. She makes it clear that what her son will do is in line with something God has been doing all along.

I love this passage. It reminds us that the good news of God is more than a personal salvific encounter. It is about the redemption of all creation.

There is much ugliness in the world. Violence. Division. We can so easily get caught up in whatever faction we most easily align with. In that way, I'm certain Mary's world was not much different. Yet, she was able to find hope in what was, as well as the future all at once! You can see where her son got this from. May we do the same: displaying gratitude for what God is already renewing in our midst and looking to the future with joyful anticipation for what will be further renewed.

And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
  I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened
  I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
  the God whose very name is holy,
  set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
  on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
  scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
  pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
  the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
  he remembered and piled on the mercies,
  piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
  beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

Luke 1:46-55 (The Message)

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