Luke 1:26-28 26 When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, 27 to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David’s house. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!”
[Scripture quotation from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]
When we understand that angels are not supernatural beings but, instead, anything or anyone who bears a divine message for us then we can understand that this mythic metaphor of a story is an angel presenting to us.
This is an awesome story of how, even before Yeshua, there have been those who were willing to say “Here I am… let it be” when confronted with an insistence in the name of God. Perhaps. The insistence doesn’t always make sense in the normal human ways of reckoning sense. There seems to be a different way of reckoning in the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice.
Revelation comes to a young woman (barely beyond childhood) rather than to the long robes well aged within the tradition. The seeming impossible (especially to the long robes) become immediately possible. The poor and disenfranchised are exalted over the ‘high and mighty.’ Fear is replaced by affirmation. And history is transformed.