May, June, July 2019
At the end of May, the church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation, commemorating the time when Mary went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth—both remarkable women pregnant with extraordinary children. Imagine what it must have been like, seeing Mary and Elizabeth as they prepared to give birth to Jesus and John the Baptist. There can’t have been many other meetings with more exalted figures in all the history of the world.
And yet, what survives more strongly in our account of that meeting is Mary’s song. She begins, “My soul magnifies the Lord,” and then her Magnificat reminds us of God’s past deeds.
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.
Mary’s song is a recitation of God’s deeds of the past and a promise of God’s continued involvement in history. God’s strength is different from human strength. God’s promise is all about mercy.
Mercy is too rare in our present time. Can we who follow Jesus show a better way? Will we be bearers of God’s mercy?
Yours faithfully,Scott Gunn Executive Director