Saturday, August 14, 2010

Gospel Text for Sunday, August 15th

Luke 1:46-55

Mary said,

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

Questions for engaging the text:
- What do I observe" What am I seeing" Does this passage raise questions for me?
- Is anything attracting me, drawing my attention, or repulsing me?
-What response is emerging within me? What is my response to what is attracting me?***
-In what ways might I specifically act on my insights in the world
I really want to hear from you. Thank you for clicking on "Comments" below and adding your responses.
Grace and Peace, Debra

*** 1st three questions taken from The Art of Engaging Holy Scripture curriculum (see resources)


  1. Luke 1. 46-55
    As I read, actually hear sung in my mind, this song of Mary all I can think of are words that Mother Teresa of Caluctta wrote. “Our Lady (Mary) was full of God because she lived for God alone – yet she thought of herself only as the handmaid of the Lord. Let us do the same.”
    This makes me long to be as empty, open and receptive as Mary, as Mother Teresa. It stirs in my heart the desire to live FOR God rather than my self. But what would that look like? I believe being the handmaid or servant for God means being the eyes and hands and heart for God here present on earth; it means being merciful to all people; it means filling the empty with good things; it means remembering from Whom all things come, living a life of thanksgiving and singing to glorify God’s Holy Name.
    Toward this I offer Mother Teresa’s prayer.
    “Make us worthy Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.” In Christ we pray. Amen
    Here is an easy and fun way to help so that “Every body eats….”
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  2. What lectionary you using? At worship today we read Luke 12:49-56.