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A contemplative reading for Advent.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

LUKE 2:4–5 ESV

Image by Olivia Waller


Read the full passage in Luke 2:1-7

Read Luke 2:4–5 a second time, but aloud and slowly, allowing each word to sink in.


Take a few moments and pay special attention to the key passage and accompanying image.

  • Why is this passage of value? To the scriptures as a whole? To the church?


Look up the related passages provided and read each one. Notice and write down the words, phrases or ideas that connect to today's image and key verse.

MICAH 5:2 · MATTHEW 1:1 · MATTHEW 13:55 · LUKE 3:31


What new questions did this study bring up for you?

How does today’s reading resonate with your life? Your relationship with Jesus?


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