The gospel lesson for this Sunday is so important to our faith that it appears in the cycle of readings every year for the Fourth Sunday in Advent. The story of Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel has captured the imagination of artists and theologians for centuries. It’s an amazing story. It’s a story filled with mystery. Continue reading
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“Hey, Mary! God thinks you’re great. God is with you.”
(What on earth …?)
“Stop being afraid. You are going to become the mother of the Son of God.”
“Okay, how are you going to do this?”
Mary didn’t blink an eye. She trusted that everything the angel had said was true. She just wondered how it was going to happen. What’s the protocol for virgin birth? How does infinite God become a finite human?
“Okay, tell me what to expect,” was all Mary wanted to know.
“How exactly is this going to work?”
“Look, your relative Elizabeth is also pregnant. She’s well beyond child-bearing years. If God can do that, God can do anything. Nothing is impossible with God.”
“Got it,” said Mary. “I’m ready. Let’s do this.”