Nov 30, 2011

Gospel Reflection: Luke 1: 47-55


Here’s a reflection on Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:47-55), written by Cheryl Lawrie.

for all we know

For all we know,
before Mary sang her song of joy
she wept tears of frustration
despair
and heartbreak.

I like to think she did.

For all we know,
before Mary welcomed God’s action with delight,
she fought what was happening to her
and she resented the presumption
of the divine.

For all we know,
for at least a moment
and probably longer,
Mary was bewildered,
distraught
and lost.

The miracle we celebrate today
may somehow seem more impossible
than the idea that Mary got pregnant
or that God became human.
It’s that in the face of devastation
and from deep within the truth of heartbreak and desolation
there might still come
unbidden
a moment of joy.

— Cheryl Lawrie, on her wonderful [hold this space] site. 

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