Week of: December 23, 2018
Scripture: Luke 1:46b-55
In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
(Luke 1:47, CEB)
Prophesy: a vision of the future, thankful remembering, trust, readiness — themes found in the lectionary readings for this Advent season and expressed as hymns or poetry. We will focus on one of these ancient hymns each week.
As perhaps the most recognizable scriptural song — a canticle — the Magnificat signifies the climax of the Advent season. Known appropriately as "Mary's hymn," this canticle is one of humble acceptance, remembrance, thanksgiving, and praise.
Mary, soon to become the mother of Jesus the Messiah, responds to the affirmation of her cousin Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah, in prayerful verse: "In the depths of who I am ... I glorify and rejoice in God my savior!"
Oh, that our songs, words spoken, visual images, our gestures, and movements might echo the depth of thanks-giving which we hear from Mary! Mary, whose life is being completely transformed to be an instrument of God's hovering Spirit, is an icon to us for steadfastness, humbleness, and service to God in the world.
The Advent question lingers: how might we, through our varied arts, become better magnifiers of the Lord Jesus Christ?
God of the past, the present, and future years, we rejoice in your embrace and your never-ending love and grace. Guide us in the ways of mercy and peace, made clear for us in the teaching and living example of your beloved, Jesus.
Deacon, The United Methodist Church