In the Magnificat, Mary reveals the birth of the Messiah is the sign of what God’s kingdom looks like. The Incarnation is the foreshadowing of the age to come.
In the incarnation, God became flesh! But God did not become flesh as Caesar or Pharaoh; but, rather, God became flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, son of a peasant woman in an occupied land. If this could happen then the mighty were as good as cast down from their thrones and the hungry were as good as fed. Yes, these were as good as accomplished because in becoming flesh God is in fact breaking the age to come into our world. Mary goes on to sing that this is not some new thing God is doing, but it is in fulfillment of all that God has promised Israel. The God of Israel is now acting in human history in such a way that it will not just break the kingdom of God into this age for the Jews, but for all humanity. … More Casting Down the Mighty
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
I imagine that we all have moments when we need someone to point to Jesus, to say with no ambiguity, “Here is Jesus! Right here, right now, is the saving work of God! Right where you are standing, as close as breath, is Emmanuel, God with us, hope bearing Messiah.” … More The Hope Bearing Messiah
FEAST OF THE NATIVITY (Christmas I)
The challenge for us in the world is to find ways to acknowledge the presence of God in the ordinary and to celebrate God’s presence in the everyday. Maybe we can find God in the smile of a friend, in sharing a meal, in the beauty of art and music. That’s the challenge of Christmas, to keep it alive all year round – to make sure that we expect God’s inbreaking as part of our ordinary lives. … More Good News!
9th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 14, Year C)
Today’s passage from the Letter to the Hebrews is indeed a paean of praise to our ancestors in the faith, the “great cloud of witnesses” of which the biblical heroes and the Saints of the Church are a part. But so also, down through the centuries there have been men and women of faith who have added to their number. Have there not been in our own lives, in our own congregations, those whose examples of faith have been used by God to encourage us, to strengthen our own faith? … More The Assurance of Things Hoped For
THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY (Christmas I)
You cannot take Christ out of Christmas. It’s impossible because God can’t take you out of Christmas. You are the reason for the season. Yes, indeed, it is because of God’s loves for you and for all of creation that God sent the Son to be incarnate and to live among us. … More Christ is always in Christmas!