Saturday 22 December 2018

About Today Readings

1 Samuel 1:24-28. 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8. Luke 1:46-56.
My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Saviour – 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8.

‘My spirit rejoices in God my saviour.’

Hannah’s song is a song by a mother who laments her childlessness. The song moves from sadness to joy when her lament turns to praise in the Lord. The Lord has brought about in her a reversal of fortune. She will conceive and bear a son, Samuel.

Mary’s thanksgiving song strongly echoes Hannah’s song. Both celebrate a birth not only miraculous but also of great significance in God’s story of salvation.

Mary and Hannah before her both rejoice in the ways in which God’s saving actions focus on justice and the redressing of wrongs and inequality. In this season of Advent, let us pray with the Magnificat – a prayer that commits ourselves to act for justice.

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