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Week 3, Day 3

Luke 1:46-55

The Magnificat.  A song of praise for God; the very same God who put Mary into this difficult social situation of being pregnant before marriage. And beyond thanking and praising God for her service, she recognizes the importance of God acting through her, a poor and humble woman without power in the world.  To turn the world upside down.

Our book sees this as a statement of youthful impatience in the world.  I have never looked upon this text as someone upset with society but as someone who recognizes the promises of God through the ages and realizes she is a part of that long awaited plan to transform the world. We are asked to look at this passage through the eyes of a marginalized child or youth and to consider words that may be meaningful to that child and is there some prophetic words we could claim as an action to assist the neglected children of society?  Do you see any words that would be powerful in this struggle?

Personally I have spent 20 years in the struggle to turn our education system of children upside down by attempting to assure every child is able to get the resources they require to succeed and live life to their fullest potential, not just those children who happen to live in the right neighborhood. So from my perspective the power of society and their control over the money has been a major barrier to achieving this goal for all children which makes me see the text of the bringing down the powerful from their thrones and lifting the lowly as a good battle cry.  But I think a poor youth might be more interested in filling the hungry with good things.  I must say I have gotten impatient with the speed of our success in this battle and I have seen this several times in youth who have risen to try and change things with gun control, access to services in their neighborhood as some examples. I think from a youth perspective it is not the same battle in that they often see the establishment whom they are fighting to be all adults and generations, not just the powerful.  How do you think this song of Mary would resonate with a marginalized youth?

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