"His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him."
He has done a mighty deed with His arm.
He has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts.
He has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel, mindful of His mercy just as He spoke
to our ancestors, to Abraham and his descendants forever."
Step inside these ancient lines and hear the heart of the mother as she announces that a new day has dawned for her and for the masses that would follow her.
E. Stanley Johns is one among those who called 'The Magnificat'(named by early Church fathers), the most revolutionary document in the world. William Barclay spoke of it as containing these "three revolutions of God for mankind."
First: it is a MORAL REVOLUTION. "HE SCATTERS THE PROUD IN THE PLANS OF THEIR HEART." Christianity is the death of pride. Why? Because Jesus enables a person to see himself. It was the death blow to pride and the MORAL REVOLUTION had begun.
Second: it is a SOCIAL REVOLUTION. "HE CASTS DOWN THE MIGHTY-HE EXALTS THE HUMBLE." That is a Christianity that puts an end to the world's labels and prestige. When we realize what Jesus did for all mankind, it is no longer possible to speak about a "common" person. Social barriers are gone. All mankind is equal.
Third: it is an ECONOMIC REVOLUTION. "HE HAS FILLED THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY-THOSE WHO ARE RICH HE HAS SENT AWAY EMPTY." In a non-Christian society, each person is out to amass as much as he can get. In a Christian society, there is concern for one another. The getting is for the giving away. Thus, the Gift goes on today more than ever.
Life Application: If you are generous in your giving you are following Jesus' example. On the other hand, if you give only for special occasions, you don't have Jesus' attitude of giving. Look at what you are missing!
Praise/Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for setting the example for us by giving Your Son. By doing so, You are teaching us to follow the example to be generous. Help us to always give spontaneously and not just at certain times of the year. May it be an expression of love. Amen!