The gospels have a tendency to draw me in beyond the stories and characters. They create a desire to know more about this God who is worshipped before becoming one of us, the God who is then born in a manger and eats with sinners and tax collectors.
Mary’s song provides some answers about who God is. Her song also leads me to ask myself what kind of God acts like this. What kind of God lifts up the lowly and fills the hungry with good things? What kind of God knows us well enough to know the thoughts in our hearts? What kind of God could lead Mary to praise so freely?
This speaks volumes about God’s character and tells us that God is very near to us and active in our lives. God is good and holy, abundant in mercy, and faithful. God loves. No wonder Mary is able to sing her praise so freely. In view of God’s goodness, may we also be inspired to praise in this way.
God, we give you thanks and praise you for your goodness and your presence in our lives. Thank you for your love. Amen. — JL