Posted by: Pauline | December 13, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday December 20

Isaiah 7:10-14

Given the opportunity to request a miraculous sign from God, King Ahaz declined to do so, claiming he did not want to “put the Lord to the test.” Since God himself had offered the sign, Ahaz’s refusal seems more likely an indication of unwillingness to be directed by God than true piety.

God gave a sign anyway, though one so commonplace – a young woman having a son – that it would hardly impress someone looking for supernatural confirmation of one’s faith. While it apparently meant nothing much to Ahaz, to later generations it became the greatest sign of God’s presence among us, the incarnation of the Son of God, as Jesus was born to Mary.

Luke 1:26-38

Most of us are so familiar with the Christmas story, and with all that follows, that it is hard to put ourselves in Mary’s shoes, hearing for the first time the announcement of her very unexpected pregnancy. We are told she was “troubled.” Bewildered, perhaps? Shocked and awed? Confused and anxious?

Whatever she felt, whatever she thought, she found her way to a response of giving herself over to God’s plan for her and for what He would do through her and her Son.


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