Advent Alphabet (B)

BLESSED

BLESSED is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.

Over the course of Advent we’ll trace the story of our salvation with all its twists and turns. It’s a story of promise and blessing, of anguish and exile. Through eyes of the prophets and biblical characters we will learn what it means for God to bless and to bring that blessing to fulfilment.

From the opening chapters of Genesis, to the closing chapters of the Book of Revelation, we find the language of blessing. There are many ways to understand the Biblical view of blessing. It can be understood as ‘a dynamic concept, always forging ahead, the object of hope and searching’. (Brueggemann)

We see something of this dynamism in the scene which Luke paints for us of Mary going in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth recognises in Mary a woman who has been faithful to Torah all of her young life. She is a woman who has already walked in the way of the blessed. God’s promise to Mary opens up the path of blessing for all ages to come.

What blessing do you hope for this Advent?

(Dec 21st Luke 1:39-45)