Second Sunday of Advent
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;
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 for ever.’
I imagine Mary’s world shifted a bit after Gabriel came to her, telling her that she was pregnant and that God had chosen her. That is the kind of thing people get locked away for these days. I imagine she was scared, worried and a bit excited at this opportunity for motherhood. The calling on her life was great and she was someone who responded “yes” to the calling of God. She waited nine long months to meet her baby–the Savior of the world face-to-face.
While she waited, she sang. This Advent, we are claiming that Mary sang a song of peace, which is exactly what we are called to sing to the world around us. In the Gospel of Luke we read that even in her fear, her song praised God. Her song claimed the acts of her God. I think we all resemble our mothers in some way and it appears that Jesus learned much about this idea of justice from his mother. “God has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors…”
To our soon and coming Christ we sing a song of peace… “Come, Lord Jesus, come.” Amen.