From the smallest tribe of Israel, from a poor teenager, from the margins God is bringing real and unexpected freedom. The fourth Sunday of Advent explains what God’s labor of love will mean for the world. The upheaval that Mary sings about is nothing short of revolutionary.
Freedom is coming. On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we are drawing ever nearer to God’s coming in Jesus. We feel the stirring of a new age.
As we light the candle, we celebrate the good news, which breaks the powers of oppression and lifts up the lowly.
We pray to be freed from the grip of privilege, power, control, and status that imprison us and shelter us from the suffering of others. Help us to stand in solidarity with all who suffer the brunt of history.
As we light this candle, we are humbled by Mary’s trust and boldness. We pray that like Mary we may be open to birth new hope.
To trust in God’s upside down kingdom. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Come to free us.
- Psalm 80:1 - 7
- Micah 5:2 - 5a
- Luke 1:39 - 56