We’re on the Advent trail with Mary the mother of Jesus this week. Mary is a formative figure not only for Advent but for understanding the purpose for which Jesus gave his life and we are called to emulate. As a woman, of the lower classes, oppressed by Rome and her own people, she speaks truth to power as few have. In the process, she gives us a glimpse of what God wants the world to look like, and what followers of Jesus are to do to help make this a reality. Advent can prepare us to take this vision and make it a reality. That is, if we join in the song Mary sings.