When someone of authority speaks, it is only natural for people of lessor status to use his words to establish their position. Politicians do it, corporate underlings do it, and Christians do it in their mishandling of the Bible.
When God speaks in Scripture, his words come down from above. We plagiarize. We want to use his words in our story. We act as though God has a part to play in our life when the reverse is true.
Scripture does not play a part in any human endeavor; on the contrary, it is a self-described shelter that surrounds us and covers us from above. Far from being a part of anything we set out to do or make, God is the premise of his own story.
Unlike us, Mary—who represents the Pauline church in Luke—understands her place before God. Her point of reference as an enslaved person redeemed from bondage is not herself but the exaltation of her new Roman patrician.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:46-48.
Episode 442; Luke 1: 46-48
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