Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 13-DEC-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Advent 3 – "Those who dream ... sow joy" – The Magnificat, also known as the Canticle of Mary, has occupied a central part in Christian worship since the earliest times. Luke's gospel tells us that Mary and her older relative Elizabeth both found themselves pregnant in miraculous circumstances; and during a visit to her older relative to share their life-transforming experiences, Mary burst into a song expressing her joy at the tremendous blessing that God was bestowing on her as a young woman in dubious circumstances, and on generations to come. But what she was singing was more that a reassurance of God's grace – it was a declaration of war and insurrection against the systems that keep people in places of isolation, poverty or hunger. The Magnificat has been viewed as dangerous by people in power. Some countries – such as India, Guatemala, and Argentina – have outright banned the Magnificat from being recited in liturgy, or used or referred to in public. The joy referred to in the Magnificat is much more than frivolous or shallow happiness. As followers of Jesus, we are called to plant seeds of joy in unlikely places, as though in dark rich soil, and to tend and nurture the joy as it grows. What are the small actions that help us to cultivate joy?
Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11; Luke 1: 46-55

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