God is mindful of human. Why? God created man, male and female, in his image. As human, we were created to love and enjoy God forever. God receives great glory from human; human that is undergoing re-creation in and through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the child of Advent, appeared to bring salvation to all people. This is the grace of Christmas. Human, reconciled in and through Jesus, brings great glory to God, particularly as others ask the question, how is it that that person is able to cope with the circumstances of her life and lives with such purpose and joy? Mary and her cousin Elizabeth were marginalized. Elizabeth in her barrenness in old age, yet becoming pregnant and Mary just engaged, yet pregnant. Both pregnancies were miraculous; Zechariah’s answered prayer through human means at such a late age and Mary’s immaculate conception in and through the Holy Spirit. God receives glory when human trusts in circumstances that demand rejection of God and his Truth. Grace says it all. Human is transformed by grace through no work of his own. That is the miracle of Christmas.
Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.