theunfamiliarname

Preparing for Advent 4C

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2009 at 1:34 am

The child of Elizabeth leaped for joy within her…
From an early age, Luke has Jesus and John bound together,
here, even through Elizabeth and Mary.

Here we have the two, yet-to-be-born, together.
And on Mary’s lips we have this extraordinary song of praise –

The Magnificat:
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He 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.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

At once utterly radical,
and yet absolutely consistently the Old Testament promises restated.

Almost as if this song of justice and praise and joy
is the child within Mary responding to the child within Elizabeth.

Early Christians spoke of their experience of God coming as but the birth pangs:
that the drama and pain and beauty of birth was still to come.

Advent, the season, of course has us intentionally waiting
not only for Bethlehem,
but for the fullness of God’s justice and judgement –
the Kingdom, and Christ’s return and ultimate Lordship.

How are we placed to welcome this vision of God?
How are we placed to welcome this birth of God’s promise in us?

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