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 arm;
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.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers." (Luke 1:46-55)
Scot McKnight writes that "if we read Mary's song in Mary's real world, we will see that it is a song about turning injustices inside out and power upside down." The words of her song about bringing down rulers were subversive. She sided with the poor and oppressed in the face or a corrupt King and rejoiced that God through her was providing help for his oppressed people.
This isn't Mary "meek and mild," this is a woman who has faced hardship and struggle. This is a woman who knows the scriptures and knows the promises God has made. This is a woman who will stand up for the justice promoted in scripture even if it is unpopular or dangerous.
So how do you handle this view of Mary? Is this a new perspective for you?
In what ways do you see the Magnificat as a song about justice?
Do you think Jesus' constant emphasis on justice for the oppressed was something her learned from his mother?
How does this view of Mary inspire you?