Mary’s song is a song of comfort and distress. The gospel often works this way. If you are feeling lowly and upset at the rich, then the idea of a feast where you are welcome and the rich are snubbed is good news. If you are feeling powerful, then this song causes discomfort because, as Jesus’ mom sings, God is calling us not to hoard stuff and ignore neighbours; we need forgiveness for the things we have done but also the things we have left undone.
Now the greater context of this song is a vision that God has for all creation. There is justice done for the unwed pregnant villagers who have no political power, but there is also a vision of the kingdom of God where God’s way and God’s will are done. This is the heart of restored community, where all have enough and all are in conversation.
Do you see this vision now? How will you live into this vision?
Loving God, you give a vision of justice through the song of your servant Mary. Help us to live into this vision. Show us what to do. And give us faith to trust that you are with us every step of the way. Amen. — SB