December 24, 2017
Advent 4B
Luke 1:26-38

 

It’s true, “There’s just something about Mary!” She is one of my favorite Advent characters. Her story is nothing less than amazing. It begins with the unexpected news that she is somehow pregnant with a son, to which she replies, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” With great courage she steps into the story of God’s advent into the world. She endures the shame of her situation, she remains faithful amidst certain accusations of infidelity, and with nothing but the dream of God’s Kingdom she holds fast to the promise.

 

What if we had the faith and courage of Mary? What might we give birth to if we weren’t filled with so much fear? How might God come into the world in, with, and through us, if we were to embrace the Kingdom of God, God’s great dream for the world?

 

As the Advent season comes to an end, as we await the coming of Christ at Christmas, let us hear the words spoken by the Angel Gabriel, “Do not be afraid,” and let us remember Mary, a woman of great faith and even greater courage.

 

 

      1. Mary's All Right

 

 

Mary’s heart is broken, the mystery’s revealed
You can’t get back to heaven, once you’ve seen what’s real
Mary knows what she feels

 

Angels open hearts up to the promises of dreams
Then they fly away, it’s never as easy as it seems
Mary knows what it means

 

Mary dances at night, when all the stars are hidden
Mary doesn’t need the light, the full moon’s come and gone
And Mary’s all right

 

Mary’s love was taken by the irony of fate
Left alone, forgotten, the other side of grace
Mary knows the faith

 

Mary dances at night, when all the stars are hidden
Mary doesn’t need the light, the full moon’s come and gone
And Mary’s all right

 

A song can still be heard, longing to be free
Her soul is still excited, for a long awaited day of peace
Mary still believes

 

Mary dances at night, when all the stars are hidden
Mary doesn’t need the light, the full moon’s come and gone
And Mary’s all right

 

This week’s song reminds us the Mary’s story does not end on Christmas Eve. She will raise the Christ Child, teach him the words of the prophets, and let him go when it’s time for his ministry to begin. And when the world raises him up on the cross she will still be present, remembering words spoken to her by angels, and still clinging to God’s great dream for the world. And it that moment perhaps she once again uttered those faithful words, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

 

As the Advent season comes to an end, as God prepares once again to come into the world in – with – and through – you and me, may we be filled with the faith, the grace, and the courage of Mary. Amen.

 

 

 

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