A Homily for 12.21.14
from Luke 1:26-45
4th Sunday of ADVENT
from a Homily first posted
In this, the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Lectionary Gospel reading from St. Luke takes our minds and memory to the first Advent, toward the birth narratives of Jesus through the angelic promises announced to his Mother, Mary.
We come to the text hearing Jesus' birth announcement, which begins with the angel promising the birth of the Baptizer to his mother Elizabeth and which ends with Mary's grand Magnificat.
In today's reading we see St. Luke’s Mary account of these of this angelic visitation, and then we see Mary quickly taking a trip to Elizabeth's house to see the sign that the heavenly messenger promised her:
These events are so strange that, were in not for our familiarity with them, they would be incredible. And, in fact, they are incredible today, in the literal sense of the word, to many a commentator and church member alike. How could there be an angelic messenger? How could their be a virgin birth?
But, here is an even more troubling idea. If the post-modern mind struggles with what St. Luke offer as the clues to the identity of Jesus, what do you think the struggles of Mary must have been like? Because she did struggle.