Mary’s choice to respond to with gratitude in the face of difficult circumstances can show us how to move from overwhelmed to overjoyed, and how to have our spirits magnify the Lord and rejoice in God our savior.
When Mary left in haste to visit her kinswoman, Elizabeth, she travelled a long distance to share her joy (Luke 2:39-56). On her arrival, she brought true and everlasting joy with her into Elizabeth’s home. Sometimes we think of joy being out there, something we have to strive after and obtain for ourselves. If only we will stop to hear the ring of Mary’s greeting, we will too will hear and see that joy has come to us in Christ Jesus, and all we have to do is receive him.
John the Baptist is a crazy man yelling repentance at everyone who passes by. Yet, Luke says that his preaching is Good News. How can repentance be good news? And what is the good news of it this Advent?
John the Baptist is like . . . . a camel amongst monkeys. And he wants to know why we’re trying to save ourselves.