December 23, 2018

C04: The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C (2018)

MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Popular preacher, author, and retreat leader MaryAnn McKibben Dana takes a second look at “Gentle Mary, meek and mild,” and finds some thunder in her voice. The words of the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) have very little gentleness, meekness, or mildness in them. They are words about the high and mighty being dragged from their thrones, while the hungry are filled with good things and the rich are sent away empty. Meek and mild? I think not. Good news for some people turns out to be bad news for others, and Mary knows it.