When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me –
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their innermost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but he has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but he has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendents forever,
just as he promised our ancestors."
Into a world of despair came hope.
Into a world of bondage came freedom.
Into a world of oppression came liberation.
Into a world of greed came generosity.
Into a world of power came love.
Into a world of darkness came light.
Indeed, God has seen, and he has the final word.
Merry Christmas to all.