The text for our meditation is Luke 3:3-5 (NRSV): “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, . . .” We could add “Mary’s Song,” the Magnificat, from Luke 1:46-55, in which she praises God for having “brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.” Advent is the season for leveling and upsetting, for repentance and abasement and for getting a perspective on one’s self.
That has always been hard to do, especially for royalty. Watchers of the British monarchy are enjoying a new tabloid-fed feeding frenzy as members of the royal family again look like the proud who need to be “scattered” or the rich to be “sent away empty.”