Scripture for Saturday after the Second Sunday in Advent

Luke 1:39-45 (ESV)

39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

Heavenly Father, we find it almost as amazing that Elizabeth became pregnant long after her child-bearing years had ended as that Mary became pregnant as a virgin. You used ordinary women—one a teenager and the other an old woman—to bear Your Son and the messenger sent to proclaim him. You wanted to get our attention and make us understand the importance of these two births. Help us You believe and understand what You have done for us and the whole world. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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