Daily Reflection
May 31st, 1999
Jeanne Schuler
Zephaniah 3:14-18 or Romans 12:9-16
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Luke 1:39-56
The passage is thrilling: two women pregnant under most unusual circumstances and enveloped in joy.  Mary rushes to her cousin Elizabethís side and the women burst into praise for the God who showers blessings upon them.  They are not alone in being visited by grace. Mary turns from her cousinís embrace to reach out to the whole of creation: we too are lifted up in our smallness.  ďGod has done great things for me. Holy is his name.Ē  This is no submissive child bride. This woman  thunders as Godís power streams through her.   Her smallness is not unworthy of Godís love.  Her voice is not weak; she hesitates no longer.  The baby in the womb kicks with delight: this sounds like a reason to be born.   Letís hook up with a world that is made new.

Still, her words send a chill.   Not all are lifted up.   Some come crashing down.   Beware you who cling to wealth and power.   You who go it alone, you who hoard, you who look the other way.  You will be found out .  Your certainties  breed confusion, ambition leaves you lonely, comforts do not fill your empty heart.

In the film, Simon Birch wonders: Was I born only to scamper through life on these midget feet, dodging ridicule?   Or does God have a part for me to play?  Can my smallness serve some purpose?

The desire for meaning runs deeper than stone.  We have learned to question.  We can barely see past our doubts.  Reflection easily ensnares us.  What can pry us free from our fears?  Trust  comes hard.  Do we trust that our little lives have a grand purpose?  Opening our hearts to Godís presence calls us back.   Can a life small as this share in Godís glory?   Can flesh this flinty feel new life kicking within?

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