Meditation on:
Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)

This week I’ll focus my thoughts mostly on the Luke 1 text, the Magnificat—“Mary’s little revolutionary song,” as Will Willimon once called it.  “My soul magnifies the Lord, … for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant.” Then Mary describes what God has done and will do, a list that does not appear on Christmas cards. God has “scattered the proud … brought down the powerful from their thrones, … filled the hungry …, and sent the rich away empty” (Luke 1:51-53). There are places in the world where the Magnificat is not translated from Latin because of its troublesome political and economic ideas. And yet, Mary’s song, and before that her unlikely vocation to give birth to God’s son, tell us something important about God, the true meaning of Christmas, and the believers’ 365-day-a-year vocation. These are the themes I look forward to exploring with you!