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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Advent 4 Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Revised Common Lectionary Gospel Reading

Luke 1: 26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary. And he came to her and said, Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you. But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I am a virgin? The angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God. Then Mary said, Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. Then the angel departed from her.

Reflections on Luke 1: 26-38 by the Rev Dcn Helen B Hanten

The Incarnation! God's presence about to be born into the world of human existence! Coming to live as one of the created among people and plants and animals and fish and birds and trees , but of course God had been present and active in all creation and in lives of people since the beginning. Now in a new and different way God's holiness and earth's substance are to be made one, in a person: God incarnate/man divine! Our yearly celebration of Christ's birth can serve as our reminder that our Creator God has been revealed to us in several ways, including the life and teachings of Jesus. In how many ways do we continue to see God's presence about us?

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To Reflections on other RCL Readings for Year B, Advent 4:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16
2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16
Psalm 132
Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26 or Canticle 3 or 15
New Testament Reading:
Romans 16:25-27
Romans 16: 25-27
Luke 1: 26-38 (this page)
Luke 1: 26-38 (this page)

The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten was a deacon at and an active member of St. Andrew's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 1996. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

MEESC c/o C. Morello 4451 Lakeside Drive Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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