His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.”
Commentary: The word translated “mercy” in verse 50 might also be translated “empathy”, and “fear” as “alarm”. Could this be a verse telling us that God understands our alarm at the Divine Presence (rather than the traditional explanation that God only visits blessings on those who live in fear of Him)?
Verse 54 could also be translated: “God has held on to Israel, connected forever to Abraham and his descendants.”
To Ponder: This part of the Song of Mary connects her to her whole ethnic group, to the promises made to the tribal leader Abraham. What connects you to “your people” at Christmas? Is it food or music or going someplace particular? What promises do you claim based on your tribe or family?