Advent Reflection: A Strange Way to Save the World

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Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”

Luke 1:30-31

Why do you think God chose to enter our world in humble circumstances? If the incarnation occurred today, where do you think Jesus would live? Who would his mother be? Who would he call as his apostles?

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Going Deeper

Read Luke 1:26-38.

The words “You’re going to have a baby” can elicit all kinds of emotions: excitement, fear, contentment, anxiety, anticipation, worry, or joy.

What if the words “You’re going to have a baby” were followed by “He will be called Son of the Most High” and “Of his kingdom there will be no end”? Luke tells us that Mary was troubled. I imagine she also felt confused, overwhelmed, and maybe a little scared. It must have been hard for her to understand why God would enter the world as the son of a single teenage girl in a working class family.

When the Father chose to send his Son into our world, he had his choice of locations and circumstances. Jesus could have entered the world as the son of royalty, living a comfortable life and using the resources of the palace to spread his message. Jesus could have descended from heaven as a grown man, shared his wisdom, and then ascended back to heaven, skipping all the messiness of the stable and the cross.

As you reflect on how God chose to enter our world, listen to “Strange Way to Save the World.”

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