Sermons on magnify the Lord
In our reading from Book of Proverbs today, as the character of Sophia, Woman Wisdom, or the Holy Spirit is introduced, she is personified to help us have a clearer understanding of who this first creation of God was and how she lives and moves and has her being within, among, and beyond us. Our reading is a way to flesh out the nebulous word we often attribute to the Holy Spirit: sanctifier, for what does that really mean, to make us holy? For often we must wonder, what does it look like for holiness to reside within our lives? And because the Holy Spirit is so difficult to get a grasp on in terms of what might this look like in our lives, we often ignore this part of the trinity. We find we can pray to God, the Godhead, the whole of the divine, and we can pray to Jesus, for we can comprehend our common link to Jesus through our shared humanity, but the Holy Spirit is so mysterious, so mystical, we often ignore her integral part to the Trinity, and thus diminish our experience of God.
Mary, in her response, “My soul magnifies the greatness of the Lord” instantly reflects the reversal that is Jesus’ message. Rather than wondering what God can do for her, she dedicates her life to magnify or to enlarge and to make visible God in our world.