Magnificat (Luke 46-55)

My soul, that sacred spark,
unknown to social media,
sings of a magnanimity
that corporate capitalism cannot crush.

From this day forward
I'm siding with those coming;
all generations will call me cool
for turning coats
against the dumb thugs of climate change.

For God has done great things for me:
       -a mind inclined towards community,
       -a heart that syncopates with others
       -a will alive to good, hard work...
these the gifts I continue to open

And God does great things by us!
         She bans smoking in public places.
         She pushes human right
         to overflowing onto other creatures.
         She takes the sheen off our plastic idols.
         She stirs a hunger for plant-based foods.

She draws us here together tonight
into this precious constellation
speaking light in the shadow of her wings.
it's a shining conversation
we inherit and bequeath.

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Novalis will publish Greg's book - “Reupholstered Psalms” - on March 1, 2020.

  • Paul Baker
    Posted at 07:02h, 14 May Reply

    A contemporary, provocative reflection on the Magnificat. It is greatly appreciated. Love that the angel in the image has no wings, makes the visitation more real!

  • Alana Forrester
    Posted at 14:19h, 14 May Reply

    One of my favourite prayers. Thank you for the fresh insights.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 14:43h, 14 May Reply

    Amen! Thank you Greg!

  • Paul Panaretos
    Posted at 09:18h, 15 May Reply

    You remind us that Mary’s praise has always been timeless.

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