December 19, 2017
Every day for the last 307 days I have written Donald Trump a letter to express my thoughts and feelings about what is going on in our country since he took office. In response to our collective struggle with the depths of America’s misogyny, I wrote him in October about my sense of how two of our most central bible stories need to be challenged. I’ve rewritten that letter to him as a meditation for our Prayers of the People today.
May we consider how we are told Mary was visited in the night by an angel who informed her she was chosen to bear God's child. May we consider how we learn she was afraid at first and may we wonder whether she was angry. May we imagine her relief when she learned Joseph, her betrothed, would not have her stoned to death. May we consider how the story tells us Mary was impregnated without her knowledge and therefore, technically, against her will.
May we consider how we don’t know what the real story of Jesus' parents was and we don’t know whether his mother was a willing partner in his creation. May we consider how we are left with the troubling tale where the most revered woman in Christianity was impregnated against her will and had to depend on the largess of a man to escape exile or execution.
May we consider instead a story of two people who loved each other dearly and together had an amazing spiritual child who taught people that love and kindness are everything. May we consider whether this story rings truer and whether if this were our shared understanding of how Jesus came into being we might have mitigated the virulent subjugation of women we have been saddled with for thousands of years. May we consider giving Mary her personhood back and rejecting the virgin birth invention.
Amen. –Tracy SimpsonSubscribe