Nativity of Our Lord
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Fourth Sunday of Advent
Mary was the last person in the world who you might think would be ready to take on the responsibility of bearing and raising the child of God, the Messiah, Jesus. Mary was a nobody- a peasant girl of probably about 14 or 15 years old. Today, she would have been a freshman in high school. More than that, she was pregnant in a culture and society that met unwed, teenage mothers with great disdain. Such people were shameful and undeserving of mercy or goodwill. No one expected anything good to come from Mary.
Elizabeth herself didn’t seem to be in a great position for raising a child, but there she was, pregnant too. Elizabeth was an old woman and considered to be long past her child-bearing years, but there she was, five months pregnant with one whom the angel Gabriel said would be the messenger of the Messiah. No one expected anything good to come from Elizabeth either.
God was with these two women. God had shown favor to these two lowly, overlooked, and dismissed women. God had planned on bringing about salvation through these two women. Continue reading