Alas, deadlines and holiday preparations impinge, so this week’s “Tuesdays with Mary” will be in the form of a brief nod to some recent posts on the Magnificat.
Dan Clendenin is pondering Mary’s Magnificat:
Mary was also a woman of prophetic pronouncement. Her “Magnificat” moves from the deeply personal to the explicitly political. God, Mary proclaims, “has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. . . the Mighty One has done great things for me.” This peasant girl who a few months later would bear the Son of God then praises God the Mighty One because He has “brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty” (Luke 1:48?¢‚Ç¨‚Äú49, 52?¢‚Ç¨‚Äú53). I wonder what Herod or Tiberius thought when they heard her words.
The Anglobaptist (cool name!) is getting ready to preach on the Magnificat this Sunday:
These words from the first Christian echo in my heart. I feel as if these are words to live by…or into. I have yet to achieve such openness with God. Mary inspires me to try to live my life so that when an angel appears I not only recognize the moment for what it is…but can respond with something of her courage.
And here’s the text of a really cool sermon on the Magnificat from this past Sunday:
This song has none of the sweet, nostalgic, or even playful tones of some of our Christmas carols.
It is instead a hard, strong, inexorable song about collapsing thrones and humbled lords of this world,
about the power of God and the powerlessness of humankind.
Here is yet another: “In his commentary on the Magnificat Luther says that there are two kinds of false spirits that cannot sing the Magnificat aright…”