My soul proclaims your greatness, O God, and my spirit rejoices in you, You have looked with love on your servant here, and blessed me all my life through. Great and mighty are you, O Holy One, strong is your kindness evermore. How you favor the weak and lowly one, humbling the proud of heart.
You have cast the mighty down from their thrones, and uplifted the humble of heart. You have filled the hungry with wondrous things, and left the wealthy no part. Great and mighty are you, O Faithful One, strong is your justice, strong your love, as you promised to Sarah and Abraham, kindness forevermore.
– Mary’s Song (Magnificat) from Luke 1:46-55, from Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen
When you read the end of Luke 1, do you find yourself breaking into a song of praise like that of Mary? While deeply personal, Mary’s hymn of praise is also prophetic and political. She continues in the tradition of the Old Testament prophets, who called the people back into right relationship with God, with one another and with all of God’s creation. Mary describes a world of wholeness in which the powerful are not lifted above the powerless, and no one goes hungry while others have their fill—a wholeness to which Jesus, the child inside her, is the key.
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of God’s love in human flesh: Jesus, the Messiah, who has come to heal our broken relationships. We see a glimpse of this in Luke 4, when Jesus announces his ministry as good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind and letting the oppressed go free. Jesus has come to make us whole again!
As Christians we are called to show and share love, just as Jesus has shown his love to us. We are called to be God’s hands, feet and voices in the world. We are called to love our neighbor and work as God’s instruments of healing wherever brokenness is found, whether that involves homeless people in need of shelter, children impacted by pollution, families struggling with hunger, refugees seeking asylum, or anywhere where our neighbor or our shared creation suffers.
Join Lutheran Advocacy – Minnesota as we answer God’s call to be instruments of healing. Help us work for justice and right relationship in our communities and God’s creation. Encourage elected leaders to promote policies that work toward justice in our government and our society. We need you in God’s work!
Prayer: God of love, help us to reflect your light in a world that sometimes seems dark. Wonderful Counselor, teach us how to be your instruments of justice, peace, healing, and love in this time and in this place. Prince of Peace, grant us your peace, and may a song of praise to you always be on our lips.