This fourth Sunday of Advent, we remember the song of Mary as she learned from the angel Gabriel that she had been chosen by God to carry and give birth to Christ the Savior.
This fourth week of Advent, we remember the song of Mary as she learned from the angel Gabriel that she had been chosen by God to carry and give birth to Christ the Savior.
“Hail favored one, the Lord is with you.” Mary heard these words from the angel Gabriel. She was startled. “Hail favored ones, the Lord is with you.” The angel’s words resound. We are all recipients of this beautiful Advent reading.
“How can this be?” Mary asked when the angel told her the astounding news that she would bear the Christ child who would be the Savior of the world. “The Holy Spirit will overshadow you,” the angel said, “and the one who will be born will be great and called Holy.” And Mary said, “Here I am Lord. Let it be to me according to Your word.”
And then Mary burst into song, “My soul magnifies the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior for God has not regarded the low estate of this handmaiden. From now, all generations will call me blessed. God has shown strength with a strong arm. God has brought down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich empty away. God accomplishes all these things through mercy.”
Hear the beautiful song of Mary. This song reverberates throughout the entire Gospel of Luke. It sets up the whole story of Jesus’s life and ministry because Jesus always extended love and welcome to the one who was on the outside, the one who was considered the sinner. Jesus always cared for the one who was sick, the one who was hungry.
As Christmas comes, we too sing the Magnificat. We know that God’s way is a reversal of the ways of this world. Indeed, God is filling the hungry with good things. God is lifting up the lowly. God is bringing down the proud. God is doing all these things through divine mercy.
May you sense the great overwhelming love and mercy of God as you light the fourth candle of Advent. They burn brightly for Christ comes bringing hope, peace, joy, and love.