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Advent Snowglobes (Day 25)
Christmas 1988- my senior year in high school. Like yesterday's snowglobe, it plays "We Three Kings" (they walk outside of the glass). But I want to focus on Mary today. She was, like me in '88, a teenager. I was dreaming of amassing tremendous wealth on Wall Street (God has a sense of humor); who knows what her goals were. But when the angel intervened and announced new plans, she did not protest: "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,and holy is his name. 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 hearts.
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 for ever" (Luke 1:46-55). Mary is often thought of as Jesus' first disciple- because of her YES. She not only shows great courage and faith, but she sees herself within God's ongoing salvation of the world. And she intercedes for those in need. In the remaining days of Advent, may your heart so magnify the Lord that, like Mary, your life plans will unite with God's plan of justice and hope for all people.