Luke 1:55 – August 15, 2021

according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever. Luke 1:55 NABRE             

Mary with the infant Jesus in her womb visits her cousin Elizabeth and the meeting is captured in the first chapter of the gospel according to Luke. Elizabeth is aware Mary has trusted God and believed in Him to become the mother of Jesus. Mary’s presence inspires Elizabeth and she responds to Elizabeth’s greeting with a prayer that honors God and speaks to the history of the Jewish people from Abraham until her future Son who will be called Jesus. The conversation is so rich, it is filled with praise, particularly Mary who praises God for all He has done for her and she broadens her praise to consider what God has done for Israel. Mary calls herself the handmaid of the Lord and Israel His servant. Within her praise we have a verse that Mary recalls God remembers His promise to Abraham, and His descendants forever (see Genesis 13:15). Mary recalling this promise makes me think of course God remembers His promise, God remembers everything. All that is done in the world is done through God, all covenant’s and promises God makes are fulfilled by God. Wondering about the mention of this promise in a prayer to God, it strikes me that this is a very human aspect of Mary’s words. 

Mary begins her prayer recognizing she will be called blessed, knowing through history she will be recognized, remembered and her words shared and scrutinized. In this case her words are praising God but are meant for future generations. We are reminded God lifts the lowly, feeds the hungry, helps His servants and remembers His promises. Hearing these words from Mary we know we can depend on God, eternally. Though praising God, Mary is teaching us.

How often do you hear God’s promises? Do you learn from the words of others?

We are reminded God lifts the lowly, feeds the hungry, helps His servants and remembers His promises. Hearing these words from Mary we know we can depend on God, eternally. Though praising God, Mary is teaching us. Click To Tweet

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