In the Magnificat, Mary shows us the nature of God, and instructs us upon a right response to God’s goodness. Luther takes up the Magnificat precisely to demonstrate how “the tender Mother of Christ . . . teaches us, with her words and by the example of her experience, how to know, love, and praise God.” (Works, vol. 21, p. 301) Furthermore, Luther addresses his commentary to his patron, Elector John Frederick of Saxony, stating that “in all of Scripture I do not know anything that serves such a purpose so well as this sacred hymn of the most blessed Mother of God, which ought indeed to be learned and kept in mind by all who would rule well and be helpful lords.” (p. 298) Clearly, Luther considered the Magnificat a most significant passage of Scripture.
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