Reading: Luke 1: 46-55
Mary’s beautiful song is all about God’s love for humanity. She is aware of her direct role in this: she is bearing the Son of Man in her womb. She rejoices in God her Savior and in her unique role: “all generations will call me blessed”. Mary is aware of and deeply thankful for the role God has called her to fulfill.
Mary quickly moves past these thoughts and rejoices in the ways that God loves all of mankind. God extends mercy to those in need and performs mighty deeds for those who fear him. God blesses those in a relationship with him. In doing so, God lifts up the humble and fills the hungry with good things. God loves in many ways.
God’s love, however, is sometimes tough love. God scatters those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. God will bring down rulers when necessary and will send the rich away empty. God will not tolerate evil behavior by those with power. God blesses us so that we can bless others, not so we can use our position or wealth to take advantage of others.
Mary’s song really speaks of God’s desired kingdom. As followers of Jesus Christ we are kingdom builders. We have a role to play in being the light and love in this time and space. We too, like Mary, bear the Son of Man. We bear Jesus in our hearts. We can all bring God’s love to those who need God’s mercy and to those who hunger for either spiritual or physical bread. We can all be conduits of God’s love flowing into the world. We can also be the light shining into the darkness. God’s kingdom is built on justice and equality. If we are in positions with power and authority, we must use our place to insure justice and equality. If, in our community, the leaders do not champion these things, we need to speak truth to bring about justice and equality. May we each play the role of building God’s kingdom as we bear the light and love of Christ right where we are this day.