Luke 1:28-33, 38
28 When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!” 29 She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. 31 Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. 33 He will rule over Jacob’s house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom.” … 38 Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
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) becomes immediately possible. The poor and disenfranchised are exalted over the ‘high and mighty.’ Fear is replaced by affirmation. And history is transformed.