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Mary Rejoices

Advent Wreath Meditations Week 4 [Light the first three candles of the Advent wreath.] (Young Woman or Teenaged Reader, or an Expectant Mother): “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. “He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty” (Luke 1:46b-48a; 51-53, NRSV). These familiar words were spoken by Mary upon greeting Elizabeth. Imagine the joy of this meeting when they can discuss their own and each other’s pregnancy together for the first time. And what did they talk about first? a boy? a girl? baby clothes? new furniture? No. Mary says, (Young Woman or Teenaged Reader): “My soul magnifies the Lord; I declare the greatness of God, and my spirit rejoices.” Mary … a young woman … a teenager … not so long before, pregnant and unmarried … declares the greatness of God and recognizes the unique calling she has received. As with so many other

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