Lenten devotions: Day 11


I believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
      who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
      and born of the virgin Mary.

For Jesus to become Emmanuel, God with us in human form, he had to be born of a woman. This birth had been foretold in prophecies for many years.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and she will call Him … › isaiah

The woman whom God chose was a humble young girl, promised to a tradesman, but not yet in an intimate relationship. She would have known of these prophecies and perhaps even have wondered what it would feel like to be, “the chosen one”.

For today, I have chosen to just enjoy Mary’s proclamation of faith and devotion to her Lord, in the text of what we now commonly call the Magnificat.

Luke 1:46-55 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Mary’s Song of Praise

46 And Mary[a] said,

My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.

51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance
of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Are we as willing to hear the call from God and answer

,”Behold the handmaid of the Lord”. Luke 1:38


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