Luke 1:46b–55 “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, 48 for he has looked with favour 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 for ever.’”
We celebrate lots of different traditions this time of year, many of which have been passed down
through generations. But the Magnificat that Mary sings in this well-known narrative from Luke is perhaps the most cherished by us churchy folk. Mary’s song of thanksgiving and devotion celebrates everything that the gift of Jesus has done for humanity. It brought surprising reversals:
lifting up the lowly, feeding the hungry, sending the rich away empty. Most importantly, the gift
of Jesus has brought us closer to our God than we ever could have imagined. By bearing Godself in
a servant named Mary, God served the world with great love and inspires us for the same service.
As you think about and plan for your holiday traditions this year, consider starting a new one—
perhaps performing an act of service alongside your loved ones for the sake of someone in
need. This is what it means to celebrate the true meaning of Christ(mas).
Guide us in humble service this season and all our days.Not because we are obliged, but because you have made us able. Amen
Advent Photo Challenge: Take a picture each day during Advent and share on your social media platform of choice with #stpauladvent
Today’s picture inspiration: Thanksgiving