Sermon Sneak Peek: The Song of Mary

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Sermon Sneak Peek: The Song of Mary

Maybe Mary sings her song to wake us from our slumber

Waiting is a difficult posture, especially when you don’t know when the wait will be over.  Children often mark Advent with an “Advent calendar;” the days may seem to them to pass slowly, but their numbers are clear

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Sermon Sneak Peek: The Song of Mary

Maybe Mary sings her song to wake us from our slumber

Waiting is a difficult posture, especially when you don’t know when the wait will be over.  Children often mark Advent with an “Advent calendar;” the days may seem to them to pass slowly, but their numbers are clearly limited—the desired end comes at a marked point.

The characters of our familiar seasonal sacred story of surprising births (don’t forget John the Baptizer) have been waiting for generations.  They were not sure when liberation would come; they simply pass the hope forward through the generations.

The news that God’s Lovingkindness was more fully emerging, that NOW is the time, prompts a song from Mary; she sings her faith, she names her deepest hopes and yearnings.  As will be true at the resurrection, it is women (in this case, Elizabeth and Mary) who first proclaim the hope of the Gospel.  The pericope for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (23 Dec) is the “Song of Mary,”  Luke 1:39-55.

My heart is bubbling over with joy; with God it is good to be woman.  From now on let all peoples proclaim: it is a wonderful gift to be.  The one in whom power truly rests has lifted us up to praise; God’s goodness shall fall like a shower on the trusting of every age.  The disregarded have been raised up:  the pompous and powerful shall fall.  God has feasted the empty-bellied, and the rich have discovered their void.  God has made good the word given at the dawn of time.

~Phoebe Willetts, Celebrating Women: The New Edition (Hannah Ward, et al, editor)

But here’s a wondering:

What if God is actually waiting for us?  What if the child in the crèche is waiting to greet us, not be greeted by us; what if we are the ones who are greeted this “happy morning?”  What if the “advent” (which means “coming”) is not of God, who is already here, but our arrival?

 

Read more http://whereheartandmindmeet.ccuccatl.com/2012/12/21/sermon-sneak-peek-the-song-of-mary/

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