Saturday 15 August 2020

The Assumption of th Blessed Virgin Mary

Word for today
The Gospel of Luke 1:39-56


Mary sets out and  quickly moves in the direction of the mountains to her cousin Elizabeth's house. At Mary's voice and in the presence of his Lord in her womb, baby John moves and leaps in his elderly mother's womb. Mary rejoices in the Holy Spirit and sings His praises. The words in this page of the Gospel communicate a leap of joy, a vibration, a standing jubilation, a motion to exult. Why? Because the Lord is present. The Lord is present, is in the midst of His people, gently wrapped in the darkness of the blessed womb, and soon He will be a beacon to all of his people.
Mary vibrates, she vibrates intensely in the Spirit, so intensely that, amid tears and praises, the hymn of the Magnificat pours from her heart. In truth, the heart of the Magnificat, more than a hymn to magnify God's name, is a powerful announcement that reveals the works that God the Father is doing through the hands and heart of His Son. In the Magnificat, Mary sings and proclaims her absolute faith in God's providence and announces the prophecy that Jesus has come to fulfill.
God the Father no longer wants to hold back his mighty arm against man’s injustices. Instead He wants to deploy His power, through Jesus, to banish the arrogant plans in men's hearts. Through Jesus, God the Father will throw down the mighty from their thrones and lift up the humble. Through Jesus, God the Father will fill the hungry and send the rich away empty handed. Through Jesus, God the Father will help His people who in every corner of the earth have remained true to His name and have never stopped believing - even under the blows of persecution, terror, derision, slavery and violence - in sharing, justice, and love. Through Jesus, God the Father realizes now the promise heralded by all the ancient prophets from the time of Abraham. God  comes now to the rescue of His children and surrounds them with his mercy.
Upon closer look, Mary's hymn, rather than a hymn of blessing to God, is a song inspired by the Spirit to proclaim the clear revelation of the powerful and long awaited restoration that God intends to work through Jesus to rectify the flaws, disharmony, ignorance, injustice and deceit in the world. The Magnificat announces that the time has come to heal the wounds and the disharmony provoked throughout history by the arrogant and ruthlessly powerful who have generated slavery to a human throne in the interest of and for the convenience of the rich. It is a hymn of recovery, a magnificent hymn of restoration. It is a song that announces the hour of a total realignment of all things and all beings on the axis of God’s energy and love, justice, and truth.
It is the hymn that sings of restoring the realization of all the prophecies announcing the Shalom, peace, new heavens and new earth (Isaiah 11:6-9, 65,17, Amos 9:13-15, Matthew 24:3 -14; Peter 3:10-14, Revelation 21:1-5).