Women on the Edge – Wk 15

Champaigne_visitationLuke 1:5-55

Isaiah 7:14; 9:2-7

Romans 12:1-2

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In Luke’s telling of the birth of Jesus, God aligns with the creative feminine power of womanhood rather than the violent masculine power of statehood. The doctrine of the virgin birth, it turns out, isn’t about bypassing sex but about subverting violence. The violent power of top-down patriarchy is subverted not by counterviolence but by the creative power of pregnancy. It is through what proud men have considered ‘the weaker sex’ that God’s true power enters and changes the world. That, it turns out, is exactly what Mary understood the messenger to be saying: “God has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant . . . scattered the proud . . . brought down the powerful . . . lifted up the lowly . . . filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” (Luke 11:48,51, 52, 53) (Brian McLaren in We Make the Road by Walking Ch 15.)

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