Jared Houze Meditation
|SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 , 2012|
Do yourself a favor. YouTube Bach’s Magnificat. Seriously, do it now. Even more specifically, YouTube “Ton Koopman’s Bach Magnificat.”
Why that one? No special reason. I just love the way Koopman conducts here, the old maestro’s face filled with a childish delight.
Artists, poets, and composers for over two millennia have offered us sounds, words and images that deliver us from the tiresome and sometimes scholarly arguments over the virgin birth—the dissecting of texts, the drawing of mythological parallels, the biological facts, the “actuality” of it all...
Their paintings, poems, carols and anthems have a way of summoning us back into that place of wonder; back into that place where we encounter the Spirit of God. The Spirit that hovered over the void and formless Earth before creation, that filled the void and formless womb of Mary, and that out of the void whistled a melody in Bach’s ear is the same Spirit that bids us to come and say (or sing), “My soul magnifies the Lord...”
And pray in the words of poet Madeleine L’Engle, “This is the irrational season, When love blooms bright and wild. Had Mary been filled with reason, There’d have been no room for the child.” Amen.