Christ Church, Mountain Top, Advent 4
2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16; Luke 1.26-38 (39-55)
for a dresser, while Robin was in early labor with Jesse
and the Ark – house and tent
– family – father-son
gave up her baby for adoption, purse (with only pics) stolen
and Julia” trying to start a family, but IVF didn’t work
time, that Faith was pregnant
rock your world. No matter how well you prepare, you are going to be surprised.
And, an “irregular” situation? All the more so.
underestimate how “irregular” Mary’s story is. Overnight, she goes from being
perceived as the “good girl” to a “bad girl”, in a culture in which women generally
had limited cultural value, no economic power, and could be subjected to abuse
and even death. And, an unwed mother had little protection in the society,
certainly much less than unwed moms experience today. No wonder she spent her
first trimester out of town with Aunt Elizabeth. Yet, she says, “Here I am, the
servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (1.38).
Irregular, and obedient.
will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me” (2Sam 7.14)
“house of Windsor” but the “house of God”
the way we expect
building – it is more mobile than the ancient tent. It’s you and me, and it is
wherever we go.
is asked to father a “house” that is adopted out from under him. Mary is asked
to mother a child that is, in many ways, NOT hers.
they are NOT ours.
she says, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to
whole state became one of trembling when God, whom the whole of creation does
not contain, placed his whole Self inside her … and made himself a man.”
Chrysologus, Sermon 140, ACCS, Luke, NT
III, p 14-15 (5th cent)
bears Jesus into the world so that Jesus may be borne in each of us
is rock-your-world nonsense, rock-your-world good news
has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he
has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty (Luke
ambition in this holy mystery is to rock our world, to make of us one family, a
family of irregulars. “So that [Christ] might be the firstborn among many” (Ro
8.29), so that the house of God may be built in every land and place, so that
the lowly may be lifted up and the hungry filled.
becomes for us a question and an invitation:
we welcome the “God, whom the whole of creation does not contain” to place
God’s “whole Self inside” us?
able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus
Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for
long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made
known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to
bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God, through Jesus
Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
A. Just, editor. 2003. Ancient Christian Commentary
on Scripture, Luke, (NT vol III). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.