My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my saviour…
Today Maggi has us read Luke 1:46-49, Mary’s hymn of praise when she is told that she is to be the mother of Jesus. Words used every day in almost every Church of England church as part of evening prayer or Evensong.
As I mentioned yesterday, this isn’t just the hymn of a rejoicing expectant mother. It is a hymn of hope for us all – of praise, of justice, of hope, of resolution. Challenging, rebellious – how many kings and queens, emperors and empresses have heard the words “He hath put down the mighty from their seat” and wondered just what it is that their faith has got them into?
Above all, it is for me though, a hymn of hope – the fulfilment of the promise God made to Abraham – the promise we heard on day 8. The whole of the Old Testament has been building up to this – the whole of history has been longing for the Messiah. And he’s coming. As a baby. Lying in a manger.
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.