Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 19-DEC-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Advent 4 – The Magnificat, Mary's song from the gospel of Luke, has inspired so much exquisite art and music, and it has nourished a rich spiritual tradition; but it's a tradition mostly absent from mainline protestantism, dating back to the time when church leaders decided to distance themselves from some of the more outrageous practices. From the message in the Magnificat, it could be suggested that Mary was something more than a mild, gentle, obedient, pious women; she might also have been a persistent rebel struggling to correct the wrongs of an unjust system. In many parts of the world, phrases from the Magnificat are appearing on walls as graffiti, while the rich and powerful are doing what they can to suppress such subversion and bring the activists to "justice". Luke's story about the birth of Jesus, as seen today, can readily be dismissed as fanciful and irrelevant; but early Christian writers like Luke and Paul wanted to show that Jesus, as a human person, had his origins in God. Christmas is a celebration of God coming to us and for us. We are not alone, in spite of the messiness and unpredictable nature of our circumstances. What is it about the grace-filled, compassionate life of Jesus, that we would see it born in us, and experienced by others who share our lives?
Luke 1: 39-55

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