Sunday, February 7, 2010


The Magnificat is Mary's song of thanksgiving and praise for the mighty act that God had wrought in her and for the salvation that has been given to Israel.

(Canticle of Mary)

Luke 1:46-55 (NIV)

46 And Mary said:

My soul glorifies the Lord

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has been mindful

of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me--

holy is his name.

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,

from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

he has scattered those who are proud in their

inmost thoughts.

52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones

but has lifted up the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things

but has sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped the servant Israel,

remembering to be merciful

55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,

even as he said to our fathers."

Misty Edwards "My Soul Longs For You"

The Canticle of Mary echoes the song of Hannah (I Sam. 2:1-10) speaking of God's redeeming work and foreshadowing the fulfillment of his promise of exaltation of the lowly through the ministry of Jesus, with a confidence of faith.

To confess that God is our Savior means that we will not look to some other power for salvation. God may use any process, but the basis of our trust, hope, and commitment should be clear: God is our Savior. The title should never be limited to our confession of Jesus, as though it did not apply to God. All that Jesus does in the Gospel of Luke to effect salvation, he does according to God's purpose and intent. In Jesus, therefore, the role of God as Savior is transparent.

Delirious? "Here I Am, Send Me"

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