Advent – Canticle Luke 1:46b-55 – He Lifted Up the Lowly

Canticle Luke 1:46b-55

46bMy soul magnifies the LORD,

47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

49for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

50His mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

51He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

and lifted up the lowly;

53he has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away empty.

54He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

55according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit is silent meditation five to fifteen minutes paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to your deep breath, lower or close your eyes as you feel led, focusing on your interior space.
  • Notice the pride in you.
  • How do you desire for the Shepherd to remove the pride in you and scatter it?
  • Embrace this freedom within you.
  • How do you desire for the Shepherd to remove your need to exert power over others?
  • Embrace this freedom within you.
  • How do you desire for the Shepherd to remove your greed for riches?
    Embrace this freedom within you.
  • Journey toward the manger with the lowly.
  • Hear the good news of this Advent season.  The Shepherd brings mercy to the lowly.
  • Give thanks to God for this gift of Mercy and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 23, 2018, the Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Micah 5:2-5a
Canticle Luke  1:46b-55
Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)

(c) 2018 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD.  Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  Please give credit to author.

One thought on “Advent – Canticle Luke 1:46b-55 – He Lifted Up the Lowly

  1. Thanks, Lil, for being so faithful with these postings. I hope you and your family have a very blessed and wonderful holiday. I look forward to many wonderful activities at the Retreat in 2019 .

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