Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 19, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 19, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the passage from the Gospel and
Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you will be
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A praise hymn of liberation theology
"And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my
spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has regarded
the low estate of God's handmaiden. For behold,
henceforth all generations will call me blessed.'"
I could easily listen to Christmas music year round,
never tiring of the wonderful carols of faith, hope,
and love. One of the great seasonal joys is the
many lessons and carols offered by various churches,
and attending the marvelous Christmas concerts. Who
has not thrilled to Ave Maria and the Magnificat,
inspired by Mary, the holy mother of God, the revered
The Virgin Mary is the most beloved woman in the
entire Bible. Her faith journey has inspired millions
throughout the centuries. While living in obscurity,
the young teenager was literally touched by the angel
Gabriel, with a very special message from God. When
Mary said "yes" to God's plan for her life, world
history changed forever. The young woman became
pregnant with God.
After her angelic visit, the miraculously pregnant
teenager hastened to seek the companionship of Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was an aged relative well beyond childbearing
years. Somehow she too had conceived and was miraculously
pregnant with the child who would become known as John
Young Mary and elderly Elizabeth spent three encouraging
months together (Luke 1:56). Both understood God had
divinely chosen them to birth remarkable children for
a holy purpose beyond their comprehension.
Upon Mary's arrival, while overcome with emotion the
younger woman burst into a hymn of praise, now known
as the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-56). Mary understood all
generations would call her blessed. Her glorious hymn
is among the most cherished in all of scripture, possibly
inspired by an earlier hymn of praise by a woman named
Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10).
Mary joyously sings of the amazing spiritual revolution
God has called her to participate in, through the birth
of her remarkable child. She sings of liberation
theology, worship, and of God's remarkable compassion
for the outcast, downtrodden, oppressed, and forgotten
people in the world.
If you have never heard the Magnificat sung before, I
urge you to do so this year. Consider memorizing parts
of her hymn through the lovely words in Luke's gospel.
Your soul and spirit will rejoice.
With Mary, my soul glorifies and rejoices in you, God
my Savior. You are as mindful of my humble state, as
you were with young Mary. Blessed be your name forever
and ever. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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