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Mary, Advent, and Occupy Wall Street

December 7th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

Almost two months ago I wrote a short reflection on Advent and the Occupy movement. It went to print this week. Perhaps, at this point, the piece is no longer relevant. Here’s an excerpt:


In this season of Advent, as we dwell with Mary, the one who is filled with Jesus, we let her words draw us into resonances of the gospel we may not have heard before. Mary’s words are living and active. They resound from places we may not have thought of as hospitable for God—like the womb of a poor teenage girl, or like the tent cities of the Occupy Wall Street movement, among protestors with these slogans: “End corporate greed,” “People over profits,” “Money for jobs and education, not wars and occupation.”

Mary’s words and these words resonate with each other, inviting us to consider what it would mean to let God’s Word echo through us today: to say, with Mary, full of grace, full of Jesus, God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.


For the rest of it, go to The Mennonite magazine website: “Rejoice with the lowly“.


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