- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Today’s Scripture—Luke 1: 39-80
Traditional liturgies classifies this section into three; The Visitation, The Magnificat, and The Benedictus followed by the birth of John the Baptist.
The Visitation (39-45) — The visit of Mary to Elizabeth is two larger units of the announcement of the birth of John and Jesus as parental and natal signs that point two great birth, out of which the birth of Jesus is the greater of the two. Elizabeth is old and her son will close an age of prophets, and Mary is young, whose son will usher in the new, the kingdom of God. (Luke 16:16). This parental activity and signs witness to the sovereign will of God.
The Magnificat (46-55) —- This song of Mary. In her song, Mary praises God for the favor bestowed on her, a humble servant. The central theme of Mary’s song is the triumph of God’s purposes for all people everywhere, God’s justice and mercy. Mary’s song is patterned after the song of Hannah on the birth of her son Samuel (1 Samuel 2:1-10)
The birth of John (57-66) —- The amount of verses that give attention to John is 24 verses (57-80), compared to that of Jesus 21 verses (2:1-21). Why? Luke, a second or third generation Christian of a Gentile or Greek Jewish background, was aware of the size and strength of the John the Baptist movement. At the same time Luke was clear in the conviction that Jesus was the Messiah and that John came in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way (Malachi 4:5-6). Zechariah observed the law of circumcision (Genesis 17: 9-12). The sign of mute and speaking with Zechariah shows the power of God that worked through conception and birth of John.
The Benedictus (67-79) — This song of Zechariah falls into two, praising God for sending John and a summary of what John will do and what Jesus will do, a prophetic song. His prophetic song is based on Old Testament (Isaiah 40:3-4). John is not the Messiah. He is sent by God to prepare the way of the Lord, Jesus. John lived in the wilderness and later he became a prophet in the wilderness proclaiming the message of repentance (Luke 3:1-20)
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
- Meditate on The Magnificat with listening its music, The Magnificat
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
- Live it out through the day.