Magnificat/Thursday, December 10, 2015

Luke 1:46-49

46And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord

47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48for he has been mindful

of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

holy is his name.

Commentary: The traditional title for this passage: Magnificat is taken from the Latin for the first word. This passage is a direct descendent of the song of Miriam (Exodus 15) and Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2. The imagery is a little less rugged than Hannah’s allusions to rocks, but the point is the same; this is a birth that blesses the whole world, not just one family. In blessing a poor woman, God has overturned a world in which only the rich are blessed.

To Ponder: Have you had a blessing that changed your whole life? Do you believe that God “gives gifts” to individuals?

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