COP-24 and Mary's Song

"He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” Luke 1:51-53

On Monday, the nations gathered in Katowice, Poland marked the second week of negotiations. On Sunday, the church marked the second week of Advent.

So Mary’s Magnificat is on my mind. It is no timid prayer. It is a prophetic song of such potency that we would expect it to come from the likes of Jeremiah or Ezekiel. Yet it comes instead from Mary: a nobody girl from the backwater town of Nazareth in a forgotten corner of Palestine. And it is filled with the promises that have reverberated down throughout Israel’s history for centuries.

Promises to right wrongs. Promises to untangle intractable systems of abuse and oppression. Promises to bring down rulers and lift up the humble, to honor the poor and to humble the rich. Promises of redemption, of reconciliation, of resurrection.

They feel like important promises to remember right now. No matter what the outcome of COP 24, the world will remain in desperate need of redemption, reconciliation, and resurrection.

And so we wait this Advent season with the weight of climate harm in our hearts and the song of Mary in our mouths. We wait in the truth that Christmas makes plain: that God always makes good on his promises, and that it looks nothing like we would expect.

From: Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action

God of incarnation, your promises are sure, even and especially when all the evidence points to the contrary. May we have the same faith as Mary, who saw promise and possibility where others saw insignificance. May the incarnation remind us that you have made good on your promises, and that your purposes for your world continue to ripple out from Bethlehem to Katowice into all the earth.