Mary Praises the Greatness of God

LukeThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » 1:46-55

By Rev. Dr. Sergio e. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

Dec 21, 2014, 7 pm (Sambang GabiGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... »)

Introduction

The passage today is called The Magnificat. It is one of the most popular passages in the New Testament. MaryJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... »’s song which most believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » to be based on the song of Hannah in I SamuelGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » 2:1-10.

The Magnificat fine-tunes its song of praisePGF the Lord!. Read more ... » to focus upon GodThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... »’s handiwork in the socioeconomic arena (Feasting on the WordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », p.81).

I observe that in the Magnificat of Mary, she started from the conclusion or let’s say she started with a summary of God’s greatness.marymagnifiesthelord1

Luke 1:46-49 says, “Then Mary said, “My soul praises the greatness of the LordThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... »! My spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » exults in God, my SaviorThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... », because he has looked favorably on his humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » servantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... ». From now on, all generations will call me blessedThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », because the Almighty has done great things for me. His nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » is holy.”

 I. Mary Praises God’s MercyThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » (v.50).

Mary sings “His mercy lasts from generation to generation for those who fearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » him.” Mary believes that God’s mercy is eternalThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... ». Meaning it has no end, however she emphasizes that his mercy is for those who fear him—meaning for those who believe God.

Years after the deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » of US PresidentMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » Calvin Coolidge, this storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » came to lightThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... ».

In the early days of his presidency, Coolidge awoke one morning in his hotel room to find a cat burglar going through his pockets.

Coolidge spoke up, asking the burglar not to take his watch chain because it contained an engraved charm he wanted to keep. Coolidge then engaged the thiefThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » in quiet conversation and discovered he was a college student who had no moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to pay his hotel bill or buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » a ticket back to campus.

Coolidge counted $32 out of his wallet — which he had also persuaded the dazed young man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » back! — declared it to be a loan, and advised the young man to leave the wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » he had comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » so as to avoid the Secret ServiceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... »! (Yes, the loan was paid back) (Today in the Word, October 8, 1992).

If a president can show mercy to a sinnerJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », how much more our God who could not show mercy to those who ask for it.

 IIMary Praises God’s Mighty PowerHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » (vv.51-52).marymagnifiesthelord2

Luke 1:51-52 says, “He displayed his mighty power with his arm. He scattered people who were proud in mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » and heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ». He pulled powerful rulers from their thrones and lifted up humble people.” Mary saw that God shows his power against arrogant people and cruel kingsThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... », but he protects and supports humble believersHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ». She saw the justiceThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » of God in her community. I believe this is also true to everywhere. Justice cannot be seen for a while but in God’s timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » he will show it with his power.

III. Mary Praises God’s More Providence (vv.53-54).

Luke 1:53-55 says, “He filled hungryThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » people with goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » things and sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » rich people away with nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ». He helped his servant IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... », remembering to be merciful, according to the promiseThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » he made to our ancestors—to AbrahamThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » and his descendants forever.”

God’s providence is with righteousnessWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... ». He gives food to the hungry but he curses those who do not care for the poorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... ». Mary saw that God helped his nationProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » Israel and he was true in his promise to their ancestors.

Indeed God gives more blessings to his people.mysoulmagnifiesthelord1

Conclusion

John WesleyThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... »’s fatherHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », Samuel, was a dedicated pastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », but there were those in his parish who did not like him. On February 9, 1709, a fire broke out in the rectory at Epworth, possibly set by one of the rector’s enemiesThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... ».

Young JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », not yet six years old, was stranded on an upper floor of the building. Two neighbors rescued the lad just seconds before the roof crashed in. One neighbor stood on the other’s shoulders and pulled young John through the window.

Samuel WesleyWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » said, “Come, neighbors, let us kneel down. Let us give thanksIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » to God. He has given me all my eight childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». Let the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » go. I am rich enough.”

John Wesley often referred to himself as a “brand plucked out of the fire” (Zech 3:2; Amos 4:11).

In later years he often noted February 9 in his journalThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » and gave thanks to God for His mercy. Samuel Wesley labored for 40 years at Epworth and saw very little fruitThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... »; but consider what his familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » accomplished! (W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » Press, 1984, p. 251).

John Wesley’s influence scattered all over the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... ». The hymns and songsThe World Sings for the Philippines. Read more ... » of Charles Wesley are still singing in our churches, not only in MethodistWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » churches but even in other churches, but they could not do that without the mercy, power and providence of God in their lives.

This season let us feel and meditate on the mercy, power, providence and greatness of God in our family, in our lives and in our society.

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