Let It Go: The Magnificat

One could argue that Mary’s Magnificat, the song she sings upon seeing her cousin Elizabeth, functions in the same way that Elsa’s song “Let It Go” does in Frozen. Elsa is free not just of the constant pressure to be someone else, but in being herself, creates a new world where those on the margins (those who thrive in winter) are welcome for their gifts. Mary doesn’t just sing “my soul magnifies the Lord,” she sings “God has scattered the proud-hearted… God has pulled down the powerful from their thrones… sent the rich away empty.” Let it go, she sings, all those repressive forces are gone. This is a moment of coming in to her own because she’s free of what held her back.

Think of the Magnificat as a Disney-like musical montage in which Gaston falls to his death; Jafar is banished to a tiny lamp in the desert; Yzma is turned into a kitten. It’s not just that evil is defeated, but the evil embedded in governing structures–the governing structures themselves–are eliminated. (Of course, Disney never dismantles capitalism in their films, but one can dream.) Mary rejoices in the dismantling of the existing system: #wearethe99percent. She rejoices in every member of congress suddenly resigning; in the Pope’s conciliatory shift toward women religious in North America; in JP Morgan dissolving their assets and paying off Greece’s debt and end austerity measures. (If you’re in some kind of mood, you might hear Mary sing “My soul magnifies the Lord… fuck the police.” If she’s not singing it now, she’ll very well be singing it by the time her son is a victim of state-sponsored terrorism.) Mary is revolutionary. Continue reading

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