Sermons from December 2020
Each year, we hear the same story. But, this year, verse 19 grabbed my attention. That is, “Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” When I hear this phrase, it’s usually with an image like the one we see on the screen. Where Mary seems so peaceful with her hands folded, and Jesus looks oh, so clean…just after birth. To me, this doesn’t seem like a scene directly after a teenager gave birth to a bastard child in an animal shed. Just saying…
“Last week you may remember Mary was singing a song of praise to God about what God was doing in her and the world. Well, This week, we find her at quite a different place, we find her BEFORE those rebelliously joyous words of the Magnificat even occurred to her. She has just received a visit from Gabriel, a messenger of God, and before she says “let it be” she is wondering, “ How can this be?!” She is at the cross section of confusion and fear of what this news means…”
Listen as Vicar Bethany and Pastor Eddie (Trinidad Lutheran) discuss today’s gospel.