The scripture reading for today is Luke 1: 39-57
At that time, Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zachariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored that the mother of the Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on, all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arms; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.”
Mary’s song is like a psalm and comparable to the song of Hannah. She is praising the Mighty One and declaring his name Holy.
As soon as the sound of Mary’s greeting reached Elizabeth’s ears, the baby in her womb leaped for joy. This baby would grow to become John the Baptist.
Mary is filled with praise and adoration. She poetically weaves a tapestry of God’s deeds and holiness into the fabric of her song which ends with an assurance that God will be true to his promises to his people.
Remembering that Mary is only about thirteen years old helps us to realize what a fantastic mother she must have been to Jesus. Through her song, we can feel the guiding hand of amazing grace declaring His goodness through her words.
Dear Lord, Thank you for blessing us with apostles like Luke who tell us the stories of Mary and Elizabeth the mothers of Jesus and John the Baptist. The women in the Bible have such deep inner beauty. Amen
Maureen Baldwin firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Teenagers who have never been exposed to the Bible.