A Look at the Book – Luke Daily(ish) Reflection # 2
Luke 1: 39-56
Mary’s words here are known as the Magnificat. It is worth remembering that Mary is a very young woman at this point – a teenager – but she displays here a deep knowledge about the ways of God. She knows that her ‘humble state’ is not just coincidental to the fact that she was chosen to bear God: it’s one of the reasons she was chosen in the first place. It’s the way God has always worked through history: taking the powerful off their thrones, lifting up the humble, sending the rich away, feeding the hungry. Choosing a poor Jewish girl seems strange, but no stranger than the rest of the history of salvation.
A couple of things strike me: One, what does this mean for Christians in politics? Are we supposed to be seeking the thrones of power? And two, God ‘sends the rich away empty’ . . . Am I rich?