Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 20-DEC-2020 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Advent 4 – Luke's account of the birth of Christ is not to be read as a literal description. A casual reader might dismiss it as a piece of naive, superstitious mythology; but the message, which is at the core of our Christian faith, is that God has come to us and for us. We are not abandoned or alone. Where the reading says that Mary was "greatly troubled", a better translation would say that she was confused and deeply disturbed at what the angel told her, and with good reason. God's favour was going to turn Mary into an unmarried mother, subject to scandal, ostracism and death by stoning – to be favoured by God can be no benign thing. Her consent, "May it be to me as you have said", was a very cautious, ambivalent "Yes". And when the angel departed from her, it is suggested that her mountain-top experience had faded away and her experience with God had evaporated. Meister Eckhart, a mediaeval theologian, taught that God chose humanity, not the town of Bethlehem, to give birth to life. What is it that we know about Jesus that we long to be present in our lives and in the lives of the communities that sustain us?
Luke 1: 26-38

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