This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
There'd have been no room for the child.
The lectionary readings for this Fourth Sunday of Advent can be found here.
Many of us raised in Protestant denominations have little experience with Mary. My exposure to more Anglo-Catholic traditions in the Episcopal Church while in seminary brought me a whole new appreciation for Marian devotion; I even took a summer class on Mary and Mary Magdalen in art and music. So I am thrilled when we get to Mary's story in our lectionary cycle, and this week we get a double dose: both the story of annunciation and Mary's response, the Magnificat. No matter what your take on Mary the rest of the year, Gabriel's visit and Mary's response make a great seque into Christmas.
Some of you may have preached on Mary and the Magnificat last week; if so perhaps you are going with Samuel and God's promise to establish the house of David, a promise we view through the lens of Jesus' coming. Or perhaps you'll concentrate on the doxology proclaiming God's glory breaking into the world through Jesus that concludes Paul's letter to the Romans.
Are you off lectionary this week? Where is the spirit leading you? Is the week for Lessons and Carols or the Christmas pageant? Let us know where your homiletical musings are leading.
Hope you are all staying sane as we rush headlong towards the nativity!