Third Monday of Advent

Luke 1:46b-55

Reflection—v.50 ‘…his mercy is… from generation to generation.’

When we sing Mary’s song, we do not sing alone.  We join the song of God’s people and let their story become our own.  Not only so but God also comes to us amid the twists and turns of our own history.  We become part of God’s story, and God—in his wondrous humility—becomes part of our story.  The Magnificat captures this best in its affirmation of God’s mercy.  Mercy is the characteristic shape of God’s freedom; mercy is the way God interacts with us, in all ways, big and small.  Mary understood what God was doing with her was the outworking of God’s mercy in keeping the ‘promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever’ (v. 55).  Abraham and Sarah’s song of praise becomes Mary’s song of praise–and her song becomes our own.  The same impossibility-doing, promise-keeping God who regards all of creation in the light of his mercy, is inviting us into the story even now.  Such mercy is for ‘those who fear him, from generation to generation’ (v. 50).

Prayer  God of Mercy, I join my song with Mary, and with all your people, in praise of your wondrous and saving love, both now and for all eternity.

-Chad Hyatt