Friday 22 December 2017

About Today Readings

Advent Season of Creation.

1 Samuel 1:24-28. 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8. Luke 1:46-56.

My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Saviour—1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8.

A Mother’s Song



The Magnificat picks up on the ancient song of Hannah. Hannah desperately wanted a child but was barren and was the object of division and reproach. She prays desperately for a son and praises God in hymn. Here, Luke wants to make sure that the Jewish Christians understand that there is continuity between the old and the new.

Mary draws together all of the foundations of the Old Testament and gives voice to them with a theme of renewal. There is also a theme of reversal. God has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. God is the one who is really in charge. It is a warning to the reader that God’s plan and kingdom and rule doesn’t work according to our rules. Our way of seeing the world is turned upside down here. Like today in our society, not everyone in the Lukan audience would have found it easy to rejoice with Mary. There were some people of wealth and status in his community. We learn that our God is not a placid ruler who is going to maintain the status quo. The social order of human constructs is to be overturned.

Mary praises our God who is mighty but uses that power in mercy toward the weak. Today we hear the same call to justice. Pope Francis echoes Mary saying “today we cannot ignore that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach and should integrate justice in discussions on the environment to hear both the cry of the Earth and the Cry of the poor…the cries of the Earth join the cries of the abandoned of this world.” (LS 49. 53)

Taken from A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation – Laudato Si

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

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