Mary was one of the “lowly” ones in verses 48 and 52 (Hebrew: anawim; Greek: tapeinos). In the Old Testament, the anawim were the poor of every sort: the vulnerable, the marginalized and socio-economically oppressed, those without earthly power who depended totally on God for their survival. Mary was one...
On the Internet or in your hymnal find and read (or listen to) “Cuando El Pobre” (When the Poor Ones). Meditate on the words. What happens within you? What do you feel physically?
Isaiah anticipates a future time of total restoration. The desert will bloom, the blind will see, the lame will walk, and the people will return to Jerusalem with joy. Since ancient times, some have understood this as a description of the age of the Messiah. Luke records the song of Mary. After Elizabeth blesses her and her unborn child, Mary praises God for God’s strength, mercy, and generosity. In the epistle, James encourages his audience to be patient as they await the second coming of the Lord. In the same way, we wait for the birth of the Messiah during Advent. An uncertain John the Baptist sends a message to Jesus to ask if he is the promised Messiah. Jesus responds by affirming that he fulfills the messianic expectations in the prophets.
Read Isaiah 35:1-10. When has scripture strengthened you through personal or societal crises?
Read Luke 1:47-55. Those with power interpret scripture differently than those who are oppressed. How can you make room for perspectives other than your own as you interpret scripture?
Read James 5:7-10. When have you had to endure frustration with patience? How have you been strengthened by these experiences?
Read Matthew 11:2-11. What does it mean to you to be greater than John the Baptist?
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