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Theotokos: Introduction for the First Week of Advent
“The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth” (Luke 1:26)
Nazareth was a poor, small village laughable to the Romans who occupied her and insignificant to the Jews who surrounded her.
That’s how God liked it, for when God saw Nazareth. He saw emptiness, humility, and utter dependency. For God that’s a recipe for Glory. When God gazed on Nazareth He saw her—Mary, His chosen Theotokos.
It was in Nazareth that young Mary lived. She was in her early teens … and she was searching for God’s will. She was in love with God … and she desired to love Him with her whole being. She was in Nazareth … and she went to pray … and that’s where our journey begins.
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