Pause

Be still to listen.

Be brave to hear.

Be centered to behold a love too immense for our understanding.

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“He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”

Luke 1:54-55

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Think

God has not forgotten us. As disciples of Jesus, we too are included in the descendants of these ancestors. In this part of the Magnificat, Mary is commending God for being merciful to the people of Israel by sending the Messiah to her womb; God has remembered the promise of mercy God made. Where do you see God’s mercy in your life? Where do you see God fulfilling a promise?

In this passage Mary is referencing the covenant that Abraham made with God centuries before. Abraham felt such a love for God, that when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his own son Isaac, he prepared to do it. As Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, God commanded Abraham to stop, because he had proved his love of God by being ready to sacrifice his son. God was satisfied by the act of love from Abraham. In Jesus, God then sacrificed God’s own son out of love for us, so that we would not have to sacrifice anymore.

Ariana Gonzalez-Bonillas

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Pray

God, help me to remember your love daily and feel in my heart an outpouring of love for you. In your name I pray, amen.

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Go

What is the love of God calling you to do?

What is the love for God’s creation calling you to do?

What would you do for the love of the body of God?

Go, to love.

Ariana Gonzalez-Bonillas

Ariana Gonzalez-Bonillas is a senior at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, majoring in sociology. She is the First Lay Deputy from the Diocese of Arizona to the 79th Episcopal General Convention. This will be her second time as deputy. Her writing has also been featured as a columnist for The Episcopal Journal.

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