Advent Thought for Friday 18th December

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord

and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

for he has been mindful

of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

    holy is his name.

His mercy extends to those who fear him,

from generation to generation.

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones

but has lifted up the humble.

He has filled the hungry with good things

but has sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

remembering to be merciful

to Abraham and his descendants forever,

just as he promised our ancestors.”

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Luke 1: 46 – 56

Mary went to see Elizabeth, her cousin. Elizabeth was in the final months of her pregnancy, and it would be usual for a younger cousin or sister to move in to help her until the birth. As Mary arrived, the scene must have been startling. John, the baby still in the womb, leapt for joy, Elizabeth prophesied that Mary would bear the Lord, and Mary herself burst out in joyous, prophetic song. Ecstatic chaos – we can imagine Zechariah, still mute, looking on in awe and shock!

Mary’s prophetic song, using the style and words of the psalms with which she was so familiar, is still our chorus of praise and adoration as we approach Christmas. God has remembered us, extended mercy to us, fed us and lifted us up, and we praise the name of the Lord.

Prayer: Loving and merciful Lord, thank you for the blessings you have poured out on us, for the mercies which you have given us, for your sustaining love for us. We give you glory and adoration, and we rejoice in your presence and love.

Action: count your blessings! You might think about making a list.

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