Mary’s Song

There is something about Mary’s song that gets to me. She was a young Jewish girl, a marginalized person within a marginalized culture, who after a few months of contemplating her encounter with an angel, and who after receiving prophetic words from her cousin, responds with a prophetic song that powerfully expresses the future ministry of the baby that was growing within her. When I read this song, I imagine the awe and humility she must have felt to be so integral to God’s plan. When I read this song, I feel stirred as if I am being invited to participate in the mystery for myself and discover my own place within God’s plan.

My spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things;
the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,
According to his promise to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

One Response to “Mary’s Song”

  1. ROG  

    I agree with your observations.

    But I always felt sorry for JOSEPH, who got into a lot more than he expected, too, and dealt with it with grace. And no sex until was Jesus was born.

    BTW, I just noticed this at Bible studty this week: the father of Joseph in the OT was Jacob, and the father of Joseph in the NT is also Jacob.