Meditation on the Incarnation: The Virgin Mary Sings

I have always loved Mary’s Magnificat (Lk. 1:46-55).  We can learn so much about her, and more importantly, about God in her song.  You probably remember the context.  Gabriel has already visited Mary and given her the amazing news that she would give birth to the Son of the Most High (1:32).  Her response to the angel is our first indication that this particular young woman possesses a genuine faith in God.  She replied, “I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said” (1:38).  A short time later, after being greeted by her cousin Elizabeth, the virgin Mary sings a wonderful song of praise.  In her Magnificat, we see again that she is a woman who worships God (1:47).  We also find her admission of her need of a redeemer (“God my Savior” [1:47]).  She continues by rejoicing in God’s attributes and actions.  She mentions God’s power and holiness (1:49), His mercy (1:50) and His sovereignty (1:51, 52), His compassion (1:53) and His faithfulness (1:54, 55).  Although Mary understood that God was blessing her (1:48), she grasped the fact that she was not the central figure of the event transpiring in and around her!  God was doing something very special!  God was in the process of clothing Himself with humanity!

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