Hebrews 10:5- 10
Merry Christmas! Those words at one time brought to mind the good news of God sending his son as our savior. He came into a world divided between outsiders and insiders, and in the ministry of Jesus that division was overcome. With Jesus there were no outsiders unless one chooses to be. This is what the carol "Joy to the World" is saying. The Lord is come. Happy birthday, Jesus. Happy day, world, because of the gift of Jesus.
Today I am working with two themes taken from the lectionary scriptures in Luke 1 and Hebrews 10. What stands out in Mary's story is her emphatic "yes" to the invitation of the Holy Spirit to be the mother of the incarnation of the Word of God in human flesh. In saying "yes," she was given the vision to see what this meant: scattering the proud in the thoughts of their hearts, bringing down the powerful from their thrones and lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry with good things – to Abraham and all his descendants forever; and Mary' reception of what this was going to cost as spoken by the prophet Simeon: "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul too."