The Story of Christmas
Day 3 Reading: Luke 1:39-56
The community of faith is a safe place to dwell, but also a center from which a call goes forth to liberate the world.
– Henri Nouwen,
Behold the Beauty of the Lord
Many translations of Luke’s “Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55) use the wonderful phrase “God has regarded me in my lowliness” (1:48). This French-based word regardez means to look at twice, or look at again, or look at deeply. Mary allows herself to be looked at with God’s deeper and more considered gaze. When we do that, God’s eyes always become more compassionate and merciful. And so do ours if we regard anything. – Richard Rohr
Pregnant in strange and wondrous circumstances, Mary and Elizabeth each find perhaps the only other person who could possibly understand what’s happening to them. With one another, they find not just understanding (though that would be gift enough), not just hospitality (though that would be mercy enough); in one another, they find a shelter; in their meeting, they make a sanctuary.
– Jan Richardson, Through the Advent Door: Entering a Contemplative Christmas
There They Stand
by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
There they stand
belly to belly
the maid and the elder cousin
full of grace and truth
John leaps for joy
Covered in the flesh of Elizabeth
Unborn, yet already at work
In the wilderness of her womb
He will not wait to make the way known
Elizabeth extends her arthritic hands
One wrapping her in welcome
The other in blessing
Encompassing the inexperienced traveler
in affirmation of faith
In the sanctuary of her solace
Mary is safe enough to sing
Filled with Word of mercy and justice
Worship overcomes worry
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