Vicar’s Reflection: 21st December 2014, 4th of Advent
Luke wrote his account of Jesus’ birth after research as he explains: “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, … I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account…” (Luke 1:1) Luke’s description of how Mary came to agree to the call of God, through the angel, to embark on an impossible project, fraught with danger, must be regarded as accurate however implausible it may seem from a 21st Century perspective. If this had happened to a modern day unmarried young woman the language may well have been different, but the reality reflected continues to confront us. Life is precious and every human life is precious to God. We know this truth because of the courage of Mary who chose to bring the life of Jesus into the world, despite the social shame and rejection with which her society would have treated her. This is what shines through this story for me; a truth in stark contrast with the recent siege in Sydney and the massacre of the innocent children and teachers in Peshawar. Mary’s courage was supported by an initially hesitant Joseph, and so Jesus our Saviour, still the hope of the world was born.