Preachers who have already spoken about John the Baptist the previous week may want to go with the alternate psalm for this Sunday, the Magnificat of Mary, instead. This stunning poem bears witness to the world-changing nature of the Messiah’s coming. In entering the world in human form, God has brought down the powerful from the thrones and lifted up the lowly; God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. It’s a divine reversal of the usual order of things – as revolutionary today as it was in biblical times.
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