Advent Reading from Tuesday, December 4 - Luke 1:46-56
The line that grabs me from this song of Mary's is:
"he has brought down rulers from their thrones, But he has lifted up the humble."
I get the sense that Mary has a "gut feeling" that there is going to be something different about this child than any other ruler that has ever lived. She has this intuition that his kingdom is going to be an "upside-down kingdom"... where the focus is not on the proud, the successful, the leaders, the powerful, but on the humble, the oppressed, the outcasts, the poor, the insecure.
God's choice of Mary (not a woman of noble birth), God's choice of Bethlehem (not a prominent city), God's choice of the stable and the manger (not the Ritz-Carlton) all give us a clue that Jesus was coming to turn things upside-down.
It makes me wonder... 'what needs to be turned upside-down in my life?'