Week 3 : Saturday 19 December

posted 13 Nov 2015, 20:57 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 21:02 ]

Luke 1: 46-55

46 And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord, 
47   and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, 
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name. 
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation. 
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly; 
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away empty. 
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
   in remembrance of his mercy, 
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
   to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’


This is known as the “Magnificat” or Mary’s Song. We sing it at evensong. Mary said these words after the angel Gabriel had told her that she would become pregnant with Jesus. Mary is reflecting on how God has remembered her – a poor, pre-pubescent girl from the back of beyond.  Mary would have been pretty low down in the status pecking-order. But God didn’t view her as the world viewed her.


But what if we read those words afresh? What would the world look like if Mary’s words came true? What would happen to our pecking orders?


Re-read those words very slowly, stopping at the end of each phrase and letting the words sink in.

As you read the words again, listen to yourself saying those words, as if you were Mary. How does that make you feel?