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Advent Meditation: Monday, December 23, 2019By The Rev. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
Psalm 61, 62, 112, 115 • Zephaniah 3:14-20 • Luke 1:1-25
Luke 1 asks us to suspend reality and embrace absurdity. Girls are born with all their eggs. Eggs get old. Unless they have conceived previously, by age forty, most women can’t bear children. If she gets pregnant for the first time after age forty, the uterine lining often cannot sustain a pregnancy; having a disabled child increases exponentially. Barren women were ostracized.
Elizabeth and Zechariah are old. As priest at the sanctuary, and the congregation prays outside, Angel Gabriel tells Zechariah they will have a son who will lead people to God. Zechariah freaks!
Imagine a friend saying her grandparents are expecting. We’d laugh hysterically, call 911.
Zechariah becomes mute, and the folk realize he had a vision. Elizabeth later conceives and stays hidden for months. What did she think and feel?
As scandalous as this story is, our walk with God can be challenging. During Advent as we anticipate Christ’s coming, are we willing to work for justice? Will we name violence, lies, and fear-based hate? Do we see Jesus in the children on the border, in foster care? Are we hypocrites whose privilege has so blinded us that we blame others when our systems dictate that they remain “the have nots?” If called to be Elizabeth or Zechariah, will we say “here am I send me, send me!”
Loving God, in this season of anticipation, help us honor your image in all persons; to have an absurd faith, to your Glory!
The Rev. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, PhD
Crump Visiting Professor and Black Religious Scholars Group Scholar-in-Residence
Seminary of the Southwest
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