Saturday, January 29, 2011

Song of the Mother of God and the Church

He has "brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty" (Luke 1:48–49, 52–53)

"Mary's prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time. Before the Incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer cooperates in a unique way with the Father's plan of loving kindness: at the Annunciation, for Christ's conception; at Pentecost, for the formation of the Church, His Body. In the faith of His humble handmaid, the Gift of God found the acceptance He had awaited from the beginning of time. She whom the Almighty made "full of grace" (1) responds by offering her whole being: "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to Thy word". "Fiat": this is Christian prayer: to be wholly Gods' because He is wholly ours. [CCC 2617]

My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.

Scripture text: Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition

Daniel B. Clendenin writes, "When I was in grad school, one of my professors recalled how his friends were amazed that he had quit his radically leftist politics. "I told them," he said, "that the most radically political thing I could do was to pray." Prayer as politics?! For the longest time I had no clue what he meant, but then I began to pay attention to a simple but profound reading of Biblical texts like Mary's Magnificat. No wonder that in the 1980s the government of Guatemala prohibited the public reading of the subversive Magnificat — if Jesus is Lord, and that's the Christmas message, then Caesar, Herod, Pharaoh, Pilate, and Mammon are not lords. They are posers... [Note the difference between power and authority, alluded to ...here (click)---SH]

"A few pages after the Magnificat, Luke records the first public words spoken by Jesus, who expands the breadth of God's biases far beyond wealth and political power. After his temptation in the desert, Jesus "returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit." One sabbath he entered a synagogue in Nazareth where he had grown up, and when he was invited to speak he unrolled a scroll and read from the poetry of Isaiah for this week (Isaiah 61:1–3):
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn...[Source]

Flight to EgyptFlight into Egypt: "And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 'Out of Egypt have I called my son'---Matt 2: 13-15
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(1) Mary, whom Elizabeth later called "the mother of my Lord", was addressed by the Angel Gabriel with a new, unprecedented name: Kecharitomene, which, in the greek, means literally: You who have been and remain filled with the Divine grace, or, "full of grace". (Cf New Jerusalem Bible footnote)....More

"Mother of God" is a christological confession affirming that Jesus the Word was not only "with God" "in the beginning" (refuting Sabellianism (click), a later heterodox development) but also "was God" (refuting Arianism (click), also a later heterodox development); See John 1:1 (click)...the Word made flesh in time and space.
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--->This Week's Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor...

--->Medical examiner: Homicide victim Bush Aide John Wheeler
died of 'blunt force trauma'

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

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