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Mary - God’s Revolutionary

Mary is too often portrayed as a young woman who found herself in an impossible position and had no choice but to say yes to God’s request to bear the Christ child. But what if God chose Mary because he knew she was a young woman who was prepared to stand up for truth and justice? What if he chose Mary because she believed that a time would come, when God’s revolution would bring about a new world order? In fact a new creation! 

The Magnificat is a truly amazing poem, sometime called Mary’s song. This is no nursery rhyme. It is a proclamation making it clear that God is for the poor and the dispossessed. This is parallel with the Jesus Manifesto in Luke Chapter 4. In her poem she describes many of the attributes  that speak of God’s political viewpoint. For Mary God is the God of the poor and the under privileged. She suggests that God has no time for the arrogant and haughty. She tells us that God is capable of removing tyrants and self centred rulers from seats power. In this song Mary displays an intimate knowledge of the God she worships.

Mary is no shrinking violet. Instead she is a highly motivated young person, still challenging us today to stand up against injustice and poverty and to seek to bring about a more equitable society. She reminds us of young women all over the world who continue to stand up for the marginalised and oppressed.

We need to be careful that we don’t miss the point of Nativity. God became one of us, to be with us. To influence us, so that the world will be changed. Perhaps we need to change the images of the Nativity by sending more Christmas cards like the one I saw on Twitter, Mary standing head bowed in humble respect to God, but with one arm reaching to heaven fist clenched in a power pose declaring, “Not my will but Yours be done!””

 

Lord God Almighty

If I could speak to Mary 

To understand the first Christmas

I’d say 

Mary 

Your story is incredible

Your faith inspirational

Your trust unbelievable

Your politics distinctly revolutionary

But I’d have missed the point

Lord,

Christmas is not about Mary’s personality

Or even her humility 

It’s about something beyond words

Its about Your incredible love for your creation

Your unspeakable gift

Heaven’s peace child

Your Son

Your injustice solver

Our peacemaker and redeemer

Jesus

Born of Mary

Son of God 

Come among us

Absolutely beyond belief

What an amazing blessing

Luke 1: 52

52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;

 
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By Sandra Ritchie, 5 months ago

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