Prayer: Merciful God, let your Word shine through us, your servants. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mary, Mother of Our Lord
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
Depending upon one’s point of view, Mary’s pregnancy could have been thought of as a terrible mistake. We often think of it as a huge blessing, but there are those who don’t know the truth whose judgments would have been different. Our devotion writer points out that Mary’s Song of Praise comes after her visit to her cousin Elizabeth where she receives comfort and reassurance.
Our devotion writer explains; “Sometimes, what God is calling us to do or to be can seem like a really big mistake. Jesus inverts traditional categories and re-orders society in such fundamental ways that our discipleship may look like lunacy to others. Mary’s song prefigures Jesus’ message: the lowly are uplifted and the hungry are filled, while the powerful lose their thrones and the rich are sent ‘away empty’ (v. 53).
We also can see how important fellowship and community play in sharing God’s message and discerning God’s direction. Mary needed to hear what Elizabeth had to say and to get her blessing. We need our Christian brothers and sisters to reinforce our ministries and to help us rejoice in our unique and special gifts from God.
Prayer: “Abiding Trinity, your essence is relationship. Help us support and uplift each other. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Mary’s Song of Praise
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor 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 forever.”