With The Rev. Matthew Addington
Advent III Reflection
Welcome to this the third Friday in the season of Advent. The Friday in which we remember God's love. Our scripture for today comes from Luke chapter one. It's one of my favorite passages in all of scripture. We find Mary rejoicing at the news that she will be the mother of Jesus.
Mary said: “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. 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 forever.”
We find Mary this day rejoicing in God's love for the lowly. We are getting closer to Christmas. Close enough to hear a young vulnerable pregnant teenage girl singing about a revolutionary love. A love where God sides with the weak, the lonely, the hungry, and the outcast. Love has already begun its work. Mary sings about scattering the proud and sending the rich away empty. The lowly have already been lifted up, the hungry have already been filled. This song shows us how to hold together two seemingly contradictory things. One, an impatient dissatisfaction with the world systems as they are; and two a deep trust that God is already turning the world upside down. Mary’s song with its simple fateful daring way is at the heart of Advent. It is at the heart of what it means to be Christian. It's just a few simple lines but it has turned the world upside down from the moment she's saying these words.
On this day, may we remember the love of God. May we see the love of God acting in the world and may we be the hands and feet of God's love in the world. Changing the world. Maybe even in this Advent season turning the world upside down for those who need it most. Pray with me...
Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
On this day of remembering God's love in Advent, may you be well, may you be safe, and may you know the blessing of God almighty. Amen.
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