Matthew 1:18-25 12.22.19
There is a division among us. We have it at our house. You may have it at yours. Some people love to get surprised by a Christmas gift, trusting that the giver will know what will bring joy to the recipient. Others prefer to give gift suggestions to the giver, ensuring that the gift will be exactly what is needed or desired. I want to take a little poll this morning to see just how divided we are as a large group. I am going to ask you to raise your hand if you prefer being surprised by a gift or if you prefer receiving an item that you have requested. (raise hands)
God is the kind of giver who likes to surprise! God did not select Mary because of anything she had done. There was no contest to see who could bear the Son of God that she won because of her charisma or good looks or caring heart. God selected Mary as a vehicle to surprise the world with an intervention of hope. To say the least, Mary was surprised. Her family was surprised. Her neighbors were surprised.
God did select Joseph because he was of the family of David. Our gospel writer spends the first 17 verses of this gospel of Jesus Christ documenting how Joseph is a member of the historic families of Israel, name after name after name, all the way back to Father Abraham. Then we find out that Joseph is going to miraculously be the father of this child even without human conception. Continue reading “Where Hope Grows”