Dear Cathedral Family,
Our children will re-enact the Christmas story for us in their yearly pageant this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Seeing these precious little people in their costumes proclaims to us more clearly than any words could ever do that the Good News is true and REAL, that God chose to be born into a real human body, and that Christ lives now in the flesh and blood of His people.
In our gospel lesson we will see two (extra)ordinary real women—one seemingly too old to become a new mother and the other just an adolescent—each chosen by God to bring new life into the world for all God’s people. In Mary’s song, the Magnificat, she acknowledges that her soul and body proclaim the Lord’s greatness: God lifts up the lowly, the devalued and dismissed as fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham long ago. God’s power is not expressed in political or military might, but in the lives of children and women, the poor and the outsiders.
God is not “out there” somewhere. God comes to real life in a real place—a little rural town, a basic shelter, a body. That was true over two thousand years ago, and it is still true today. Just wait, our children will show us.
See you Sunday.