Each December we pray for the key of David to come. What does it lock and unlock?
When I read the annunciation story, I picture Mary as Clara.
Advent is the season of the showing.
I decided our family's Christmas would be simple and spirit-centered. Green to parenting, I defined spiritual as anything that allowed me a minute to reflect on what, beyond the laundry, mattered.
Micah 5:2-5a (Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7); Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 (Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26); Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
The greatest Christmas carol in history was not written by Irving Berlin or Nat King Cole. The greatest carol is not “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” or “White Christmas” or even “Silent Night.” The greatest carol was composed 2,000 years ago by a pregnant teenage girl who was visiting her cousin Elizabeth.
Whether Mary was reading or spinning or planning her wedding, the annunciation came as an interruption.
The glad song Mary sings to her cousin Elizabeth in Luke’s Gospel functions like a lighted magnifying glass. It illumines, making possible the discernment of something that was there all the time, but difficult to see without aid. Mary sings of the whole new order of things that God is creating all around us, one in which the hungry are filled with good things and the rich, who have unwisely filled up on so much that does not satisfy, are emptied so that they can have their real hungers met at last.