He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
Calling all you preachers out there who will Occupy pulpits this Christmas Day, have you settled on your text yet? Many of you have I’m sure but can I make a late play for a change?
Given all that is happening in our Western world in this season of Advent is it unreasonable to expect that someone will break a little with tradition and preach on the above extract from Mary’s prayer of thanksgiving. OK, so it’s perhaps more properly an Advent text, but could there ever be a more appropriate time to hear this profoundly radical dimension of the coming of Jesus?
I mean, if a simple peasant girl like Mary discerned this implication of the birth of the baby, is it really beyond our professionally educated, theologically trained preachers to mention it?
It’s another one of those occasions when I wish I had a pulpit.
By the way, the blog is back, at least for a short while