Monday, December 22, 2014

Mary's Song

Mother Mary, after reflecting on the coming birth of Jesus, sings this song. This is what the birth of Jesus means according to her:

"God has shown strength with his arm;
   the Lord has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
God has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly;
The Lord has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away empty" (Luke 1).

The social order before Jesus is one where the biggest, strongest, and richest are in power and most valued. The birth of Jesus, Christmas, begins the process of flipping that on its head where now the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled. God's economy, God's heart, will become the new norm - THIS is the promise of the Gospel. God's Kingdom, God's economy, is coming and it will be "without end."

Which economy are you supporting? Are we taken with confidence, power, and wealth? Or are we invested in the humble, meek, lowly, and hungry?

Your Savior is coming to you! He is the strength of God's arm. He will be wrapped in tattered cloth, lying in the filth of an animal feeding trough. He will be surrounded by lowly shepherds and a teenage girl, pregnant out of wedlock.