Advent Reflection – 15

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
     for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
     the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him *
     in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, *
     he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
     and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, *
     and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
     for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, *
     to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
     as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Song of Mary (Magnificat); Luke 1:46-55

The story of Mary is one that many Christian faith traditions tend to overlook. But, the story of Mary is one filled with beauty, love, and obedience to God’s call in her life. Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Her story of unconditional obedience to God’s call is one that all Christians can be inspired from. Like Mary, each of us is called to obedience to God’s way…to the way of humility and love that God made known to us in Jesus Christ. We are called to give up our own desires and, instead, listen to God’s call to us in our hearts and in our world. Where is God calling you? There are innumerable ways to serve God in our world. How can you follow Jesus Christ and be God’s servant? Think about it, and honor Mary’s story by making your own story of servanthood to God.

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