Saturday, December 2, 2006

The Nativity Story

Perhaps you have read The Book. Now it’s time to see the movie. The plot includes several heroes, a strong determined heroine, adventurers, risk takers, a treacherous king, and a quick getaway. Oh, and did I say shepherds and angels and a couple of really cute newborn babies?

Is this sounding familiar? Of course I am talking about The Nativity Story that was released yesterday. This film gathers up every image you ever saw depicting the birth of Jesus Christ and brings the characters to life. Their lines and actions follow the texts of the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke. It is so familiar that you can just sink into the story and let it swallow you. My favorite lines in the film are taken from Luke 1:46-55. This is the Magnificat -- The Song of Mary:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Pastor Linda
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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