1 Samuel 2:4-5
The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.
Today we are continuing with the prayer of Hannah. This part of the prayer resembles the song of Mary after she received the good news of the conception of Jesus. In today´s verses, Hannah rejoices not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift and praises the Giver. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming, which is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soon weakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases. God does not delight in the proud and arrogant people but He chooses and elevates those whom the world accounts foolish. His power is in weakness. This is the story of Christmas and of our salvation. Therefore, brothers and sisters as we prepare for Christmas let us learn to be humble and be of service to others.
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an angel, may, by his passion and cross, be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour, who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen