Day Twenty-Four: Turning

Canticle of the Turning 
(Ireland)

My soul cries out with a joyful shout
that the God of my heart is great,
And my spirit sings of the wondrous things
that you bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed your sight
on your servant’s plight,
and my weakness you did not spurn,
So from east to west shall my name be blest.
Could the world be about to turn?
My heart shall sing of the day you bring.
Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,
and the world is about to turn!

The mix of hope and yearning in Mary’s song is intoxicating. Her vision of the world and her place as the God-bearer draws us toward the light as the fires of justice burn. And the most beautiful thing of all is that Mary doesn’t shy away in fear as she realizes that the world is about to turn in the direction of justice. Instead she says: “Here I am, Servant of the Lord.”

“He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” Luke 1:52-53

Prayer Prompt: Who are the powerful in your context? Pray that they might use their power to serve justice.

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