Happy Birthday to the BVM (and me!)

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,

prayerful witness;

God has honored the pride of those who are overcoming bigotry

and self-hatred;

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)

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