Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Luke is the only Gospel that gives us what Mary's experience of her pregnancy. Her pregnancy story is tied so much with the Holy Spirit that it can be thought of as a pneumatically event. She is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills her cousin Elizabeth upon seeing Mary. Her song tells of her great love for the God, who would bring up the humble, and raise the lowly. All of this as her own social position is very precarious, being unmarried woman pregnant with child not her betrothed. She is aware of the social order as her song celebrates how God breaks the human social order with her pregnancy. New life seems to break down human oppression and the corrupt social order. The Holy Spirit turns man's world upside down. The experience of the Holy Spirit gives her a certain aliveness. She spirit rejoices for her God. This is how the Holy Spirit moves in our world.