â€œMaryâ€™s song is our songâ€
In todayâ€™s Gospel we hear in wonderment of the lengths that Our Father in heaven was prepared to go to save the lost and if we ever ponder that a certain task may â€œbe beneath usâ€, let us remember our God the maker of heaven and earth. Our God who made us from dust and breathed life into us. Our God of unfathomable power, might and wisdom, and our God who comes from on high and relocates from the Holy temple to the womb of a young virgin girl named Mary.
If ever you are led to believe that you are beyond the mercy of a powerful and judging God, look again to see him come to us in a small and fragile child. Our God the maker of the universe, the creator comes to His creation as creature. Our Father, who abhors sin and unjustness, yet comes to us so that he can suffer the wrath of our sin and its unjustness.
As our Advent preparations draw to a close, Mary the mother of our Lord provides us with a magnificent hymn that summarise what mighty acts of salvation our Father has done, and is doing for us. It is a fitting conclusion to this season because it not only recalls for us who he is, but what we have become in him. Maryâ€™s song is our song as it describes our Christian life in Christ, in all its humility and all its splendour.
God the almighty came not through the religious prestigious of the day, but through a humble girl, who said of herself in Chapter 1, verse 25 â€œThe Lord has shown his favour and taken away my disgraceâ€.
Maryâ€™s song is our song because as with Mary, we too have been given His favour and had our honour restored by Jesus the Son of God.
Like Mary, we are blessed as we receive personally Gods mighty act of mercy and Salvation in Jesus.
Mayâ€™s song is our song when we come to know our Saviour.
Our Saviour whose ministry was a ministry of mercy. Jesus who came not as a God of vengeance but as merciful and compassionate. Jesus who does not punish his enemies for their sins and those against him, but places himself under the Fatherâ€™s wrath and is punished as our substitute.
Our Saviour who showed his cards early by being born not of the high and mighty but of the humble. Not born in the temple but in a lowly barn.
Our Saviour that though we fail, go off track and continually fall to sin still shows himself through us as he did when he walked this earth: setting captives fee, healing the sick and raising the dead.
He still shows the same cards, he does not punish us for our sins but asks we give them to him. He does not come to destroy but to re-create by bringing us forgiveness not in ourselves, but in him.
Maryâ€™s song is our song that we sing in our daily lives. A song that allows us to see Christ in those around us. A song that sees Christ with us among our hurt and a song that replaces the failings we see in ourselves with his overflowing grace, love and mercy.
In Christ our lives are a magnificent song like that of Maryâ€™s when we accept our Saviour Jesusâ€™ humility as ours, and his glory as ours.
Daily we come before God with mercy needed and mercy and forgiveness found. Hope needed and hope given, and life renewed.
We thank our Lord for his Immeasurable love and lifesaving action, given to us as to those of Maryâ€™s time. Maryâ€™s song is the Lordâ€™s song and the Lordâ€™s song is ours as we are restored in Christ.
Christ, the visible expression of God the Father eternal-who gave himself for our eternity as said eloquently by a poet, named Richard Crayshaw:
â€œThat the great angel-blinding light should shrink
His blaze, to shine in a poor shepherd’s eye;
That the unmeasured God so low should sink
As prisoner in a few poor rags to lie; milk should drink,
Who feeds with nectar Heaven’s fair family;
That a vile manger his low bed should prove
Who in a throne of stars thunders above.
That He whom the sun serves, should faintly peep
Through clouds of infant flesh: that He the old
Eternal Word would be a child, and weep;
That He who made the fire should feel the cold;
That Heaven’s high Majesty his court should keep
In a clay-cottage, by each blast controlled:
That Glory’s self should serve our griefâ€™s and fears:
And free Eternity submit to yearsâ€.
You are blessed because the Lord knows your name, has given you faith, and you are one of his. Let his song sing in your lives. Amen.