4th Sunday of Advent, year B (preached Dec. 21, 2014)
first reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Psalmody – The Magnificat: Luke 1:46b-55
second reading: Romans 16:25-27
gospel reading: Luke 1:26-38
Today is Mary’s day. Our gospel reading is the story of The Annunciation (the fancy title for the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus). In the place of our usual Old Testament psalm, we have Mary’s song, called The Magnificat, which is her response.
Today we celebrate the closeness of Jesus’ birth by hearing the story of his conception: that God chose Mary to bring the Savior to us.
We don’t talk about Mary very much in the Protestant tradition, which is really too bad. I think in reaction to those we think pay too much attention to Mary, we end paying too little. But God did an extraordinary thing through this simple…
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