Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46)
Mary’s song (often called the Magnificat from the Latin word “magnify) looms large in the texts from the Daily Lectionary (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 1121) for this day, two days before Christmas Eve.
I draw your attention to two brief gifts from others to help you center your meditation and prayers related to this beautiful carol of the universe.
Joel B. Green in his commentary in the New Interpreters’ Study Bible makes these brief comments. (p. 1854)
The last sentence here stops me sharply in my tracks. Maybe in these words I’m catching a glimpse of the new order God introduced in Jesus and of which Mary sings praises. When all begin from their lowliness, then all will be lifted up to enjoy all the new wholeness God is creating???!!! So much to ponder in these words!
Michael Coffey writes these words at the end of his poem “Magnifying Glass” on Mary’s song.
I am left speechless, yet filled with sighs…ooohhh…and awes aaahhh!!!
O God of light, love, and life, stop us in our tracks so that we have time to be quiet in your presence and magnify you and the wholeness you are bringing to our universe. Teach us to love, treasure, forgive, heal, and be kind to every person, creature, and all your creation. Amen.
*Michael Coffey, Mystery Without Rhyme or Reason, Resource Publications, Eugene, OR, 2015, p. 123