Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Annunciation

Detail from Antonello da Messina's Virgin Annunciate. I'm always surprised that more isn't made of the Annunciation. Not only is Luke 1:34-38 delightfully Trinitarian, giving us a small glimpse of who God is but it also show us how God views the beginning of human personhood.

" “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her."

In one moment, who God is, how we begin as persons and the beginning of the Incarnation!