Monday, December 16, 2013

Matthew 1:18-25

Year A - Advent 4 - Needed Change 4
December 22, 2013

Everything seems to have a backstory. It is a helpful exercise to imagine backstories to our most ancient of tapes that they might be seen under a better light. To be able to see the resolve needed to make the best of a situation softens our heart and moderates our blame-laying tendency.

Consider your own birth and growing-up years. Out of so many possible remembrances, we carry so few with us. The ones we carry are like unto transformative dreams or deep fears with their backstories obscured.

Imagine what difference it would make if the stated backstory in this text was differently reported—using the Song of Songs instead of Isaiah. Even if we could remember the genealogy listed previously in this chapter, we might not get caught with the virgin trope—Jesus comes through sexually active women. Simply reflecting on human sexuality—there is no reasonable data that says genital sexual activity is out of bounds during pregnancy.

To have this whole business of Joseph’s acceptance of Mary be based on Matthew’s intention to prove Jesus as David’s heir warps and skews our ability to deal with the surprises of life.

Blessings on your Advent dreaming.

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