Thursday, December 20, 2012

Luke 1.39-55

This coming Sunday we will be focusing on Luke 1.39-55. In this passage we have Mary going with haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth. In this encounter, the child in Elizabeth's womb leaps and causes Elizabeth to prophecy that Mary is pregnant with the Lord. And then Mary goes on to sing a song of revolution ------ where God will come and make things right with the world.

What a strange and beautiful passage. God's great plan is wrapped up in a teen-age girl hastily traversing the Judean hill country ----- God's great plan is wrapped up in the child leaping in the womb which causes his mother to pronounce that "the mother of my Lord comes to me" ------ God's great plan is wrapped up in a song that sends the rich away empty and fills the hungry with good things. This is God's plan.

Mary teaches us that when God shows up things change ----- social systems change ----- hierarchy changes ----- status changes ------ reality changes. We journey hastily with Mary, looking expectantly for our Lord and God to come, and make things right. Come Lord Jesus! Come!

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