An Advent Reflection by Rev Jo Neary Pioneer Priest and Team Vicar, Beaminster Area Team.
Luke 1:50-56 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their heart. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Amazing revolutionary words declared by Mary in response to God who has invited her to be the mother of Jesus. She recognises God’s care for the lowly and the hungry. She understands the upside-down nature of God’s Kingdom where the proud are scattered, the powerful are brought down and the rich sent away. She isn’t afraid to tell the truth, of a God who loves and cares and will right the wrongs of our world. And all these promises will be fulfilled by the child growing safely in her womb.
For those who are struggling: the poor, the hungry, the marginalised, the isolated, the lonely, the forgotten people.
Speak out against injustice today. Challenge any careless words, thoughtless imagery or everyday sexism that you experience today. Be bold and speak the truth in order to bring liberation.
-Rev Jo Neary Pioneer Priest and Team Vicar, Beaminster Area Team.
You can read all of the Advent Reflections via the following link – Advent Reflections 2019.