Brian Recker provided the sermon on this third Sunday of Advent based on the scripture passages in Judges 13:2-7 and Luke 1:46-56.
The writer of Luke doesn’t keep Mary in the margins. Not only do we hear her voice in this passage, this is actually the longest set of words spoken by a woman in the New Testament.
Mary’s song, referred to as the Magnificat, shows what God is really up to in bringing Jesus into the world. She speaks prophetically and theologically, and in this song she actually challenges the very core of the worldly system that we live in. Mary calls us to a new way to live in the world.
While the Good News is good news for the rich and the poor alike, there is a different message of hope for those who are marginalized, for those who are rarely given a voice. Whenever God tells us what God cares about, we’re meant to care about that too.
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