4 Magnificat

Luke   1:39-56
TSamuel l 2:1-10

T Days to touch blessing of the Lord

 Mary and Elisabeth, the mothers of the two children (Jesus and John the Baptist who would be born by a wonder of God), met. "Now at this time Mary arose and went with haste to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth."(39-40); the article of this encounter begins in this way. Luke did not write down any reason why Mary went to meet Elisabeth directly. This is a guess, but I want to touch it a little. Like the key which clears up that mystery, Luke writes down two things, "with haste."(39) and "Mary stayed with her about three months."(56).

 Luke writes here "with haste" extremely suddenly. By the way, there is an article that Joseph knows Mary's pregnancy and suffers it, in the Gospel of Matthew who wrote down a related story of Jesus birth. "She was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit."(1:18); perhaps it would be told to Joseph by Mary, and he had shared it. Three months, they are the periods when people begin to realize that a woman became the expecting. The time Maria told Joseph, it seems to be after her returning to Nazareth. Perhaps, this article of Luke would be before the time she tells to Joseph. Because Mary got engaged to Joseph (it meant legal marriage with an engagement in Judea), Mary would be able to tell to Joseph, "I conceived by the Holy Spirit". How should she talk it? She is a still just young woman. Therefore, to talk about it, she departed Nazareth "with haste", and might have gone to Elisabeth; I imagine it so.

 However, Luke does not mention such a thing at all, but he takes up an encounter of Mary and Elisabeth and also takes up the place that they praised God. A climax of the praise became Verse 46-53, "Mary paeans". For Mary, it would be days to think of only a blessing of God for three months that she spent with Elisabeth. It vanishes somewhere how she should tell Joseph, and it is felt that faith to entrust all to God was brought up in her. Can you see her joy of that three months?


U Under the existence of God

 Elisabeth who received greetings of Mary says. "Blessed among women are you, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord."(42-45).

 Elisabeth recognized that Mary becoming pregnant (perhaps it still does not reach 2 weeks) and the child is her Lord clearly. "The Lord", perhaps it points at "Yahweh", God Himself in the meaning of the Old Testament. When she encountered Mary, she understood it, I have such impression in this article. But these words which should be called her confession of faith have a foreshadowing. Luke adds it first, "Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit". And he repeated it twice, "The baby(John) leaped in her womb"(41, 44), "he(John) will be filled with the Holy Spirit"(15); it will emphasize an experience of Holy Spirit of Elisabeth. Because there is no word of Mary here, we can not understand what kind of conversation was there, but perhaps Elisabeth understood much more things than Mary talked. Mary who told "The Holy Spirit will come upon you", and Elisabeth who "was filled with the Holy Spirit"; their mind shared the same place, that "God will be with them"; I imagined it so. Even between the foreign fellow who does not understand words each other, we / christian have such an experience that the mind commutes between each other. But strangely, there is such a place in faith of believing God, don't you think so? We must hear the blessing of Elisabeth to Mary in this place. And Mary watched faith of Elisabeth, too, and she would feel it that God is in their immediate side; and she would be satisfied with it.


V Magunificat

 Mary also answered to faith of Elisabeth with faith, too. There were more words of Mary, but Luke wrote down only "Mary paean"(46-55). This was called "Magunificat" for a long time; it was taken from the opening word "Magnificat anima mea Dominum" in the Latin Bible. It will be good to imitate such traditional "Magunificat"; it is a meaning of "worshiping".

 Mary is around 20 years old(?) in this time, young and poor country girl……, but, her words, faith and an expanse of a viewpoint seem to have glistens and power. I want to try to feel the source which brightened her so much, but it is pointed out this resembles a paean or a poem of Hannah in Chapter 2 of the first Samuel. Perhaps, Mary read this paean or a poem of Hannah as the case which resembled them with Elisabeth, and they would sing this Magunificat in a loud voice obeying form of the paean. She praised God with body and soul, and song in a loud voice; she took the event that happened to her obediently, and she spread her eyes to the whole Israel race, and repeated that a promise of God was certain.

 I want to try to pick some up, but primarily, it is from the opening praise, "My soul exalts the Lord"(46). A difference of "soul" or "spirit", and "the Messiah" of Mary; I cannot touch these things this time. Mary was able to touch His warmth as if God was sitting down next to her as neighbor. She stares at God patting her hair gently with some feeling of strain while making eyes sparkle. I seem to be able to imagine such her excitement from here.

 And the second is it, "He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble. He has filled the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty-handed."(52-53) This is the thing which is seen in Hannah and prophets and writers of Psalms. In Jewry, it was common sense of values that the person with rich and power is blessed by God; but in Mary, the sense of values changes into that "only the weak is blessed by God". As for Jesus, He lived through that sense of values. Would Mary stare at His such way of life?

 The third is "As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his offspring forever."(55). She confessed that the promise of God to Israel is still learned by God, while going back to one thousand and several hundred years ago. There is not a direct reference to having carried Jesus in this Magunificat, here; but she said "For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed."(48) and "For the Mighty One has done great things for me;"(49); and she took it which happened to her is "an event of pity of God to Israel", as follows, "He has given help to Israel His servant, in remembrance of His mercy,"(54). The birth of Jesus was really an event of the Israeli salvation. I feel her expanse of the viewpoint and the posture that she wants to hear what God is going to do "now"!, and it touches Luke's heartstrings of faith, and it is sympathizing.

  Mary glistens shiningly by including her confession as follows, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.". Will not it be brightness of faith of Mary? We want to imitate Mary, Elisabeth and Luke, and shall we wish to follow such way of life of shining faith?