Luke 1, 46-55
Something to read
And Mary said,
'My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
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.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
New Revised Standard Version
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Something to think about
Jesus is coming.
Remember how excited you were when you were a child and Christmas Eve came round? If you have young children (or if you’re anything like me, a big child), you only have to look at how excited they are today about the prospect of presents tomorrow. How appropriate is the reading for today that it falls on Christmas Eve?
In this text here, I get the sense of Mary sharing in this enthusiasm and excitement I spoke of. If you have been following the last two days' readings, you’ll realise just what a transformation has taken place in Mary. From fear and disbelief to acceptance and now excitement in her song.
We, too, have a song we sing, namely ‘Joy to the World’. And there is a reason it’s called this. Mary has found that joy here, she has realised just what her situation, this birth means… and she can only be joyful and praiseful.
Are we sharing in Mary’s joy today? That Jesus is coming! Tomorrow, many people will be expecting... but what are we expecting? Only you know what you are expecting, only I know what I am expecting. Mary knew what she was expecting. Does the world know what they are expecting tomorrow?
Whatever we expect, may we find not temporary, but everlasting, joy. May we sing ‘Joy to the World’ like we really believe it. Tomorrow, may the world find not what they expect, but what we hope for - Jesus - and may they find Him through each one of us.
Something to do
Ask someone near you or close to you if they are excited about tomorrow. If so, share their joy. If not, give them a reason to be.
Something to pray
God who is near us, draw closer we pray. Enable us to find the joy Mary sang about, in you. May we overflow with praise and thanksgiving because you are coming. May you captivate the world like you have captivated our hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Today's contributor is Richard Stein, a former student at Westminster College, Cambridge.