Saturday 1 July 2017
Genesis 18:1-15. Luke 1:46-50, 53-55. Matthew 8:5-17.
The Lord has remembered his mercy – Luke 1:46-50, 53-55.
‘A centurion came up and pleaded with him.’
We need to read today’s texts with utmost care and note what occurs. Abraham served the angels the fatted calf with the curds from its mother in violation of later dietary laws. What a scandal is required of the one who attends to the Lord! In light of this let us see how Mary describes the actions of our Triune God. The Lord rearranges the order of the world to ensure that the poor are cared for. These are the saving actions that our God uses here through Christ’s incarnation.
In the gospel, the servant who was ill is redeemed because God, in Christ, chooses someone outside the nation Israel. The redefinition of boundaries and laws saves the excluded. God, in Christ, walks where he will and talks to whomever he desires. These are the sources of Mary’s joy.