Mary’s joy overflows and bursts out through this passage. Right up front she states that her soul glorifies God and that her spirit rejoices. Mary is filled with joy over being the one chosen by God to bear His Son because she is of a humble Spirit. She realizes that she is just a humble servant chosen by God to carry out this special role. Her words that all generations will call her blessed because of what God has done reflect her humble heart. Mary is well aware that it is God’s hand at work here.
In her words Mary also acknowledges that she is just one of many unexpected ones that God has called. From early on with Abraham and Rahab on through David and now her, God has chosen the humble to play a role. This pattern continued with the calling of the disciples and it continues with you and me – often unwilling but chosen nonetheless.
Mary’s song also spells out what we are chosen for. Like all who have come before, we are called to lead people to God. We can do no more than to fill our humble role and to trust God with the transformative work that will change people’s lives. Through our words, actions, and deeds we bring God into the world around us and work to build His kingdom here on the earth.
Mary’s song also reminds us of what this role can include. It includes condemning and working to fix the inequalities and injustices we see in society. It includes caring for the poor and the outcast. It also includes sharing the hope and love we find in Jesus. Mary Said ‘yes’ to God’s call. May we as well.
Scripture reference: Luke 1: 46-55