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December 22: Power, Prestige and Possessions

…[God] has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. —Luke 1:51-53
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December 21: True Religion

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord. —Luke 1:45
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December 20: A Feverish Desire for the Will of God

She was much perplexed by [Gabriel’s] words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. —Luke 1:29
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December 19: Stand-Ins for Social Acceptability

But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years. —Luke 1:7
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December 18: Breaking Open the Word

Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. —Matthew 1:20
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Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent: The Imitation of God

Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him. —Matthew 21:31b–32
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Monday of the Third Week of Advent: Non-Dual Thinking

So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” —Matthew 21:27
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Third Sunday of Advent: Related in the Spirit

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me…he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners. —Isaiah 61:1
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Saturday of the Second Week of Advent: Less Is More

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. —Matthew 6:31-33
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Friday of the Second Week of Advent: Mary, Perfect Image of Fruitfulness

O that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like a river, and your success like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me. —Isaiah 48:18–19
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