Tuesday, December 15th Luke 1:46-56

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for 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. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home. Luke 1:46-56

Perspective is an amazing and mysterious thing. It leaves you wondering what changed. When I was a kid, every doorway in our house had fingerprints on it from me jumping up, first trying to touch it and then proving that I could touch it. I can’t remember the last time I tried to jump as high as I could. Then it was the challenge, today I’m more interested in keeping the doorways clean. My perspective has changed.

We look at things differently as we move through life. The ‘60’s radical is now a conservative newly retired person. The executive has forgotten how he used to think that executives were so out of touch with the real world on the manufacturing floor.

Christmas was the high point of a child’s life. As an adult worrying about credit card bills and keeping their job…not so much.

So it is that Mary’s song challenges our perspective about the Christian faith. Left untouched, it is easy for us to look at the rich, the powerful, the well fed, the successful…and see in their lives the blessing of God.

Then we move through life that way. We leave hotel rooms with hardly a thought about the chambermaid stuck cleaning up our mess. We look down on the homeless man standing at the intersection, silently asking where in his life did he go wrong that he ended up here, deciding not to hand a dollar out the window. We think ourselves blessed but are jealous of those who seem to be even more highly blessed – as we continue to measure what we think it means to be ble$$ed.

Mary’s song turns it all around for she sings from the perspective of her place in life. She is poor, young, not quite married, pregnant girl. She sings of the proud being scattered, the powerful brought low and the lowly lifted up, the hungry fed and the rich sent away hungry. She sings of a God who turns everything around – and would turn us around as well.

From Luther’s explanation of the Magnificat in 1521: One should honor Mary as she herself wished and as she expressed it in the Magnificat. She praised God for his deeds. How then can we praise her? The true honor of Mary is the honor of God, the praise of God’s grace . . . Mary is nothing for the sake of herself, but for the sake of Christ . . . Mary does not wish that we come to her, but through her to God.”

Let us pray: Dear Lord, we think we have life figured out but are so often wrong in so many ways. Help us see life through your eyes. Help us see what is real rather than what we want to be real or what we think is real. Thank you for the witness of Mary, for her selflessness and her willingness to be used to your glory and the welfare of your people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

One Response to “Tuesday, December 15th Luke 1:46-56”

  1. Joyce Says:

    Thank you Pastor Kerry for your devotions.

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