Day 15 – Magnificat
On: November 15, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies The Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.'” [Luke 1:46-55]

Mary’s outburst of praise leads my thoughts to the Beatitudes in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). If the same Spirit who stands in Jesus’ place today led Mary to foreshadow Jesus’ own words, this is a world view I need to explore more closely – and make my own if I am to walk in the footsteps of the King. The humble, those fearing God, the hungry – these are the blessed. The proud, the rulers, the rich – are the losers.

This is one Upside Down Kingdom! Do we believe it? Really? If so, have we adopted and developed this value set … and are we living accordingly?

One thing’s for sure; it won’t happen by chance. We must turn our rudder, set our sails, and press forward on a steady course. Regardless of the tide that will be against us. Unfazed by the liners and supertankers that surge past us in the opposite direction, creating waves that would throw us overboard if we don’t hold on tight. These famous words are known as the Magnificat from the Latin version of the opening phrase .. Magnify The Lord. For magnification to take place, an object and a magnifier are both needed. The object is clear – The LORD. The magnifier? You and me … and the lifestyle we live so that others may have their eyes directed to Jesus.

Will we follow Mary’s example?

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

Prayer:

Father God, You must have been so proud of Mary as she responded to Your call with her whole life. Grant me courage to respond like Mary, that I might walk faithfully each day with my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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