Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 19, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 19, 2010
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"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
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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 Saviour, for he has looked
with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely,
from now on 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 theotokos
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 the Baptist.
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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