At our church, we sing a song called ‘He who is Mighty’, which I absolutely love. It has a bridge during the song, which starts with the lyrics, ‘Now my soul magnifies the Lord, I rejoice in the God who saves’. So recently as I was reading the gospel of Luke, when I came to Mary’s Song of Praise, commonly called ‘The Magnificat’, I could not get this song out of my head, as it too starts with,
‘And Mary Said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour…” ‘ (Luke 1:46)
Now, had I known that this song came from a Christmas album I may have put the two together a bit quicker than I did, but I had never realised that the praises we sing echo those voiced by a teenage girl, who was engaged, pregnant, and the man she was engaged to was not father to the child. Now whilst in our modern day society having babies before you are married is considered quite normal, it certainly wasn’t for Jewish people 2000 years ago. If this wasn’t bad enough for Mary, she was a virgin, and was told she was going to bear a child by an angel.