Friday, December 13, 2019

The time of waiting

The time of waiting was coming to an end, and all Mary could do was sing!

“My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” she sings. Her song is designed to magnify, intensify, reflect and make brighter what God is doing through her son, God’s Son.

Indeed, God announces the imminent arrival of the Promised One to the very people who need to hear it most: the poor, the lowly, the broken and the marginalized — those who have no power.

Mary represents them as a young woman, barely perceived as a person in that patriarchal culture. She had no status and no prospects. With a common name, she was living in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere.

And yet, she sings: “He has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the mighty one has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”