The Narrative Lectionary brings us to Mary’s Song in Luke 1:46-56 this week. This young woman is among the lowest people on the social scale in Israel. Yet, God has been physically implanted in her womb. She will bring the salvation of the world.
Her poem reads as a greatest hits album of the Hebrew Scripture that proclaims God’s faithfulness to God’s promises to Israel, even in the midst of Israel’s unfaithfulness. Mary’s poem is most like that of Hannah’s poem in 1 Samuel 2:1-10.
As we sit here in the fourth and final week of Advent, waiting for the Christ to be born anew in our world, I wonder how we might imagine these words in our own lives. Who are the mighty that need to be shaken loose from their strangle-hold on the oppressed? Who are the lowly that need to be reminded that they are beautiful images of God, worthy of rescue?
How will Christ be born an fulfill God’s promises in our lives this year?
Here are some images to help you meditate on this text.