has been emerging in creation from the first Advent of Mary’s son, when he lived, died and rose to absolutely new life. Jesus offers us a taste of that new creation in word, sacrament and service, each given and received.
Yet time has always been pregnant with God’s salvation. In the fullness of time,5 that is to say, when the Lord made known [the Lord’s] salvation to Mary, she overcame her anxiety at the angel’s greeting and announcement that she would be the Mother of God.
Not easy at all! Some forget, others ignore Mary was greatly troubled: the human crisis of confidence insinuated itself in her mind while she was in her own home! If that moment were to have a center, it would be the angel’s greeting, “Do not be afraid, Mary...you have found favor with God.” Mary made everything—present and future—revolve around that center by taking the angel, and thus God, at God’s word: “Let it happen to me as you say.”
- Chapter 3.13. This rests between its early mention in Isaiah 65.17 and 66.22 and the Book of Revelation (22.1), which specified it with vivid imagery.
- Genesis 2.15.
- Genesis 2.19.
- Genesis 2. 16-17.
- Galatians 4.4; also see Mark 1.15.