Lectionary resources for worship, faith formation, and service
In this final week of Advent, when we light the candle of love, we hear the story of Mary and God’s invitation to her to be part of God’s renewing love for the world through Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.
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Richard Rohn speaks of “Mary, the prepared one,” and Luke 1:26–38 as “the crescendo point to scripture’s theme of total grace and gift…She is the one who is the absolutely perfect receiver and refuses to play the ‘Lord, I am not worthy’ card that had become normative in most biblical theophanies. She simply states, ‘Let it be done unto me’”; or, as the biblical background on page 70 states, “Let me become what you have called me to be.”
Reflecting on the Word, on page 71 leaves us with this to ponder, as we rush to purchase and wrap our Christmas gifts in the last week of Advent.