Advent: Mary Said “No”

“For years Mary has been portrayed as submissive because of her yes to God at the annunciation. Today it is time to recognize that this prophetic woman also says no to all that negates God’s purposes in human history. First, Mary celebrates the greatness of God, and then she proclaims God’s liberating compassion for the poor. Mary sings the joy that she is feeling and sings for the oppressed, whether that oppression comes from being underprivileged or overprivileged.”

– Trisha Lyons Sinterfitt

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