scripture reading

Micah 5:2-5a & Luke 1:39-55  NIV

Micah 5:2-5a

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
    to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
    will reach to the ends of the earth.

And he will be our peace

Luke 1:39-55

Mary Visits Elizabeth

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
          and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
         of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
    for the Mighty One has done great things  for me—
         holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
         from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
         he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
         but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
         but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
         remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
         just as he promised our ancestors.”