This is the 21st in a series of daily Advent reflections based on the appointed daily readings. To see the other posts in this series click on the Advent Reflections link above, or in the right-hand sidebar under categories.
Today’s reading is Luke 1:46-56. Click on the this link to read the text in the Oremus Bible Browser. I have also copied the text below.
To get a feel for today’s theme watch this laughing baby video
Can you think of a time when something or someone gave you so much happiness you were fit to burst; maybe bursting with laughter, or tears, or into song and dance or even all these at once? That’s the way to embrace this reading. It is Mary’s song of overflowing joy and praise of the Lord God. It’s known as the Magnificat from the opening words of the song in Latin. My Soul Magnifies the Lord.
Perhaps it was a combination of the message of the angel Gabriel, the realization of her pregnancy, the time to think on the long journey into the hill country, and the words of Elizabeth which came to a magnificent climax in Mary’s bursting into this song of praise.
Mary realized that God, through her yet to be born son, was finally going to fulfill God’s promises to Abraham and David, and the words of the prophets. Almighty God was about to redeem the people and overturn the unjust and evil powers of the world. Through her son the whole world would be blessed and experience God’s faithfulness and steadfast love. No wonder she was bursting with joy and filled with a need to sing about God’s goodness.
Mary’s Song of Praise Luke 1:46-56
46 And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
56 And Mary remained with her for about three months and then returned to her home.
May your Christmas be filled with Joy and laughter and a desire to sing praises to God. Amen