Our scripture this week is Luke 1:46-55, taken today from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 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. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
God wanted us to understand His love so much, He was willing to become human in order to reach us. Everyone expected a marvelous Messiah, a king like David who would lead them to throw off the oppression of Rome and rule in might. However, that’s not what God has in mind.
He came as a human child, born into a poor family in a backwater village. There was no special provision made for Him. He needed the love and care of those around Him and by that experience taught us to love and care for others.
Jesus comes to us as one of us, not a superhuman but a plain, everyday, just like us person. He wants us to see that we are all special to God and He loves each of us eternally. Take this love and make it part of you, that through your life others may know the joy of God with us.
Loving Lord, we are grateful that You are willing to be with us, teaching and guiding us. Help us to share Your love with all the world, that everyone may be blessed. Amen.