I'm just about finished with my answering the call the series. This week I will focus on the parents of Jesus. When I first mapped out the series, I had planned on doing on e week on Joseph and one week on Mary, but seeing as how there were no good hymns for Joseph, I put them together and focused on John the Baptist last week.
My sermon title for the week is "Pardon the Interruption". It's possible that I came up with that title becaus eI watch too much ESPN, but that's a diffrent story for a differnt time. I've always imagined Joseph as a guy with a plan: First, I'll start my carpentry business, then I'll get married, after a couple of years we'll have some kids, i'll expand the buisness into gentile territory, I'll make a little money, I'll retire early and buy a house on the sea of Galilee... or something like that. For whatever reason, his plans get subordinated to God's plans.
For Joseph and Mary, I imagine an inconvenient call. A call that interrupts their plans, puts them on the outs with friends and family, maybe even has them despised by the religious establishment. They're stuck with this kid of dubious origin, believing that he's destined for greatness yet living like pariahs as they struggle to even make sure that he reaches maturity.
I wonder if we can even truly say we're following God's call on our lives without being inconvenienced in some ways. God's plans are never our plans. Following God's way tends to mean that I'm not going the way I had orginally intended. And yet the faith to believe that God's way is ultimately better is sustaining.
Isn't advent really about our plans getting interrupted by God's plans? Our world being invaded and disrupted by love and justice?