Our theme for Sunday is JOY. One thing I’ve noticed about joy is that is heightened after a period of sorrow or struggle. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for Mary after learning about her mysterious pregnancy. What terror she must have felt! And yet … her joy is manifest from the power of that fear.

The song of joy that Mary sang as she came to terms with the dilemma of her miraculous reversal of fortune invites us to look at our own social realities. What would the world look like through the eyes of one lifted up from poverty? Mary sings that her soul magnifies God because she has experienced the power of God by the miraculous child growing inside her and her elderly cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy from barrenness. But not only that, Mary sees beyond herself and her family to the cosmic meaning of God’s choice – that the rich and powerful are really no match for the LOVE and POWER of God to change the world as she knows it… as we know it. The influence of money doesn’t exist in God’s world; it is those without who will have the authority and the so-called rich will be subservient. A reversal of fortune, a new social location.

We will hear the choir sing the verses to a song called “Canticle of the Turning” by Rory Cooney; the congregation will join in the refrain: “My heart shall sing of the day you bring, let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.”
May it be so! Shalom, Pr. Barb

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