Mary’s song, advent wonders – 3 – ‘how’ – how they, we, sing

8 Dec

Mary sings her song, our Magnificat, immediately after hearing Elisabeth’s ‘loud voice,’


At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! “

Six months with child, a much older woman has her distant teen/age relative come to her, and then both speak, both sing. Luke tells us that Elisabeth’s voice was ‘exclaiming’, – ‘loud’ – Zechariah, Elisabeth’s silent priest husband, must have her her. And I silence he had to also her Mary’s response, our song,

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.

( just as Mary ponders the Angel Gabriel’s visit and words, God is mindful of her, and therefore us )

From now on all generations will call me blessed, 
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name. 

( Holy. Zechariah will only have his speech returned after he writes ‘John’  when asked to what his new born d

Child’s name is to be. The neighbours would not listen to Elisabeth when she first said ‘his name is John.’ But they will listen to a silent priest. Why? Names given, bestowed, gifted into us are holy. Zechariah and Elisabeth in belief will name John. Then a priest will, in obedient faith, speak, sign again, And Mary will name her son Jesus. Then, Holy will be his name, and holy will be our coming new names, the hidden manna, written for eternally on white stones. Revelation 2: 17 )

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.

( As we will lift him – with our praise songs and prayers; with our eyes open and closed in prayers. Mindful of Jesus; He is always hearing us as sing. We are his angels, his song. )

53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

( And as he promises for us. ) And, 

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Mary leaves before John’s birth. Her song, though, echoes, resounds through peoples, years, through hearts.

She still sings.

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