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The Magnificat and God’s Care

One of Sunday’s readings was Luke 16:19-31 . This is one of the passages of Scripture that many people easily identify with, even if they’re not religious. It helps prove that human nature hasn’t changed much since Biblical times.

The real issue, from my perspective, isn’t the fact that the wealthy man in the parable was rich. It was the fact that he abused his wealth and influence, rather than using it for the good of Lazarus. In the last several days, from the time there was a shutdown threat to the actual government shutdown, many have made the point that many of the Congressional leaders are acting like the rich man in this parable.

We must avoid ever allowing any wealth or influence we’re blessed with to corrupt us. The Bible, especially Luke’s Gospel, has a lot to teach us in this respect. Many people consider this Gospel to be the most inclusive of the four, because of its emphasis on those that ancient Israelite society often ignored.

One of the real treasures found in this Gospel is the Magnificat, often set to music or paraphrased in a hymn. It’s a song by a humble servant of God who was chosen for her faithfulness, not because of any worldly influence.  The message is an encouraging one for those who might otherwise feel marginalized:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever. (Luke 1:46-55)
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October 3, 2013 - Posted by | Devotionals/Meditations | , ,

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