Mary, in the Lineage of Ruth

Saturday, December 12 Mary, in the Lineage of Ruth Ruth 4:9-17 NRSV Then all the people who were at the gate, along with the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make this woman who is coming into your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the...

Simeon Foretells Jesus’ Ministry

Friday, December 11 Simeon Foretells Jesus’ Ministry Luke 2:34-38 NRSV Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of...

Birth of Jesus Foretold to Mary

Thursday, December 10 Birth of Jesus Foretold to Mary Luke 1:26-38 NRSV Then Mary said, “Here am I, servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38) Mary understood the magnitude of this moment and modeled...

Called to Mission Before Birth

Wednesday, December 9 Called to Mission Before Birth Isaiah 49:1-7 NRSV Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb, he named me. (Isaiah 49:1) What do you think you were...

Called as Light to the Nations

Tuesday, December 8 Called as Light to the Nations Isaiah 42:1-9 NRSV He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. (Isaiah 42:4) Christ’s mission signals the greatness of God’s love for...