An Advent Reading

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In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin's name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her: 

   Good morning! 

   You're beautiful with God's beauty, 

   Beautiful inside and out! 

   God be with you.

She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, "Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. 

He will be great, 

  be called 'Son of the Highest.'

The Lord God will give him 

  the throne of his father David; 

He will rule Jacob's house forever— 

  no end, ever, to his kingdom."

Mary said to the angel, "But how? I've never slept with a man.

The angel answered, 

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, 

  the power of the Highest hover over you;

Therefore, the child you bring to birth 

  will be called Holy, Son of God.

"And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God."

And Mary said,

Yes, I see it all now: 

  I'm the Lord's maid, ready to serve. 

Let it be with me 

  just as you say.

Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:26-38 (msg)