Dec. 23, 2021
46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
56And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
The Magnificat, of course. Mary’s hymn of praise for God and His mercy. It references the Old Testament and I don’t think she realizes that she is carrying the New – not yet, anyway.
I was trying to remember a word; when I did remember it, I looked it up to make sure it was the right word. It was. But in my search for ‘Christophany’, I came across this wonderful explanation – theophany and Christophany and how they compare and contrast. (https://www.gotquestions.org/theophany-Christophany.html) As it is laid out in the article, Mary’s Old Testament references would be theophany; in the New Testament, it will be Christophany.
So there it is again; looking forward and looking back in Advent. And still we wait for the Baby to be born. It’s much closer now …