A contemplative reading for Advent.
He came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
LUKE 1:28 ESV
When an angel appears to Mary announcing that she has been chosen to bring the Messiah into the world, he calls her "O Favored One", a phrase that is sometimes translated as "full of grace". It is a title and role that she had done nothing to earn, just as the early church would proclaim God's ultimate gift of grace free of any requirements.
READ & RECITE
Read the full passage in Luke 1:26-38
Read Luke 1:28 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.
Look up the key passage in at least two distinct translations, then write the passage in your own words.
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.
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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