The Magnificat

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
    for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”
- Luke 1:46-55

As the impact of giving birth to Jesus dawns on her, Mary speaks forth the radical implications: rulers being cast down and the rich going away empty-handed, and the oppressed being raised up. As Jaci Anderson pointed out in the sermon yesterday, this passage has been banned in a number of countries because it’s so subversive. So often our Christmas festivities are devoid of the sort of revolutionary rhetoric that Mary uses - and our lives are, too.

What might it look like to really believe in the upside-down kingdom that Mary saw her Son bringing to the world? How might that change how you celebrate Christmas? How you spend your money? How you spend your time?

Talk with Jesus today about realigning your values to match up with his.