I’ve decided to try something on the DDF site for awhile: it’s called Mystical Mondays. On Mondays I will use as inspiration for the post some mystical saying or writing. We’ve had good responses to women mystics on the site before. So, during the 50 days of Easter, I will post something “mystical” on Mondays.
Today, we’re starting right at the source. Do you recognize this passage?
“The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.”
Yes, it’s from Luke 1:49–53, the second part of the Magnificat, Mary’s song about being chosen to give birth to the Messiah. We usually hear only the first part, about God choosing Mary and all generations calling her blessed. But this speech really gains momentum with every line. Mary has had a mystical encounter with God. And these words are the result—they represent the knowing she has now that she did not have before, or at least knowledge that was not quite so real to her.
It is miraculous that Mary is chosen for this miracle. But her song spirals out far beyond her own story. What vision appears in her words here? What Easter view of the world has Mary offered us?
Among all who knew Jesus of Nazareth, his mother would have known him in ways no one else did; his mother would have suffered through his Passion and death as no one else did. I believe that she also possessed a perspective broad and deep, and her song should inform us throughout our time on this earth.