This week’s soul food for Friday draws us even closer to Christmas as we look to words about Mary and from Mary, the mother of Jesus:
“Mary’s story tells us that if the Scriptures don’t somehow pierce us like a sword, we’re not paying attention.” — Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk
“On the one hand Mary was just a girl, an immature and frightened girl who had the good sense to believe what an angel told her in what seemed like a dream. On the other hand, she was the mother of the Son of God, with faith enough to move mountains, to sing about the victories of her son as if he were already at the right hand of his father instead of a dollop of cells in her womb … When we allow God to be born in us, there is no telling, no telling at all, what will come out.” — Barbara Brown Taylor, Mixed Blessings
And one of the greatest Mary quotes of old time, Luke 1:38a, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”
And Mary’s Song, Luke 1:46-55, 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”