The final woman mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy is Mary, the mother of Jesus. We are so familiar with Mary that it may feel odd to call her an underdog or an outsider. But when we stop to think about her story closely, we find that she has much in common with the four other women in Matthew 1. Like Tamar or Bathsheba, Mary confronts notions of power with an alternative understanding of what power means. Like Ruth or Rahab, her story challenges our conceptions of insiders and outsiders. Ultimately, the story Jesus’ birth is enmeshed in scandal and vulnerability. Join us as our worship series for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Underdogs & Outsiders, concludes with Mary: The Girl from Galilee. Our focus will be on Matthew 1:18-25.
Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)
18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.