The Advent Story is radically inclusive. It involves women and men, young and old, rich and poor, Hebrews and Gentiles, citizens and foreigners, religious leaders and lay people. Luke and Matthew give us lots of details about the “Characters of Christmas.”
Yet the culmination of the Advent story comes in a very anticlimactic fashion, with only a few words describing the actual moment of Christ’s birth: “While they were there, the time came for her to give birth.” (Luke 2:6)
The details of that moment were kept between Mary, Joseph, and Heaven. But that’s okay, because that part of the story is not ours. The roles of virgin mother and surrogate father for the Christ child were reserved for Mary and Joseph. None of us will be called to the same.
It is in the before and after that you and I find our role in the Advent story. We can see ourselves in the stories of the others, who were not only courageous and obedient, but were also faithful to proclaim the Good News of Christ to others.
• The angel Gabriel announced the miraculous pregnancy of the virgin Mary and also the birth of Jesus the Christ to nearly everyone involved.
• Elizabeth and Zechariah (silently) shared
not only the news of their pregnancy, but Mary’s as well.
• Mary sang the Magnificat, proclaiming the eternal truths of the Christ.
• She and Joseph also welcomed all to visit their newborn Son and presented Him faithfully in the temple.
• A choir of angels sang about the Messiah’s birth to a group of shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem.
• After seeing Jesus with their own eyes, the shepherds went about praising God in the view of many people.
• Magi from a foreign land came to Jerusalem announcing the birth of God’s King.
• And two older, faithful worshipers of God, Simeon and Anna, declared God’s truth about the Christ Child to their fellow worshipers in the temple in Jerusalem.
As we move towards the culmination of Advent this year, we also close out a decade. May we, too, be faithful to not only celebrate the Good News of Jesus the Messiah, but also to proclaim Him to others!
Posted on Fri, December 20, 2019
by Kim Hayes