The Scandal and Interruption of Jesus’ Birth

This first text for our advent season, along with parallel details in Luke 1, tells a familiar story – and one that is easy to romanticize. An angel appears (twice), makes some announcements, and Mary and Joseph respond with faith, with joy, and (in Mary’s case) with song. But think about the details. Put yourself there. What would it be like to be a scared, newly pregnant, teenage girl with a story that no one would believe? And what would it be like to be her fiancé, with a very hard decision to make?

Text: Matthew 1:18-25