December 23, 2012

The scripture this Sunday will be the "Song of Mary," or the "Magnificat."  The focus will be on Mary's declaration, "My Soul Magnifies the Lord."  We will explore how this can be true with all of us.  Consider how a magnifying glass works.  The metaphor suggests how we can spiritually "bend light" to get a closer view/feeling of Divine Presence.  Our theme will explore how we draw closer to Divine Presence.  
Our prayers will continue with the families and community of Newtown, Connecticut.  Christmas joy and Christmas sadness come together, sometimes.  This combination invites a deeper experience of "joy"—a quiet, calm, "knowing" in the midst of the contradictions of the world.  This is very much the role of Mary in Christian theology and the Christmas message.