A QUEER MAGNIFICAT
My soul magnifies the Just and Gentle One,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for God has looked with favor on a servant who was called
unworthy, unclean, a stumbling block,
a source of scandal and a cause for division.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is God’s name.
Divine mercy is for those who honor God
in all God’s diverse ways of love and loving
from generation to generation.
God strength is shown in patient, persistent,
God has honored the pride of those who are overcoming bigotry
and has confounded those arrogantly certain about the
thoughts of their hearts
by opening the Divine Embrace to friends and foes alike.
God has invited the powerful to dismount
their thrones of self-righteousness,
and work and wonder among the lowly;
God has filled the hungry with good things,
and invited the rich to seek sustenance among them.
God has helped queer people in ministry–
who have served God’s people at the altar, from the pulpit,
in the pew,
with good gifts of song, dance, healing, creativity, insight,
passion of the flesh and of the spirit–
in remembrance of Divine mercy,
according to the promise made to our ancestors,
to the eunuch and the barren one
and to their descendants forever.
(George A Chien)