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And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.’
Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)
What a glorious testimony is Mary’s song of praise! And what a powerful and humbling reminder it is to all of us who claim ourselves to be Christian! God brings down the powerful from their thrones, and God lifts up the lowly. I wonder how many of the lowly in our world today are feeling lifted up? I wonder how many of the poor and the marginalized are feeling that God is their champion? I wonder how safe and secure our immigrant brothers and sisters feel today? It is Christ who is to be the source of hope, comfort and encouragement to the lowly. And where is Christ Jesus? He is coming to be born in us anew – as Christmas people, we will be the body of Christ for the lowly in the world!