Psalms: 85, 87
Old Testament: Isaiah 52:7-12
New Testament: Hebrews 2:5-10

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ (Isaiah 52:7)

In my parents parish, the choir used the following paraphrase of Isaiah as the Gospel acclamation during Lent:

“How beautiful upon the mountaintops are the feet of those who bring you Word, and how beautiful in the city streets, are the lips of those who speak your peace”

Kind of appropriate that we hear these words today, the day when a messenger from God harbingers our salvation to a lowly peasant girl in Judea.

But why is Mary important??? What is her significance???? Couldn’t God have manifested himself immediately without having to go through the messy process of birth…or the tedium of getting Mary’s consent??? After all, this is God we’re talking about…y’know…… the one who rules the universe?!? 😉

But God chose to do it differently….God chose to take on the flesh so that all flesh might be healed through Him and brought to God. If the unassumed is the unhealed, as Gregory Nanzianzus argues…..then there was no other way God could act in this situation…..at least…not without redemption being a complete scam.

God spoke to Mary and sought her consent, because he wants all of His children to be free moral agents. One cannot truly love God if they have no other alternative. in that scenario, we are nothing better than automatons :(.

Today we celebrate the fact that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….not only as a corrective for sin, but as the ultimate sign that God suffers and loves just as we do. It is a sign of solidarity that God understands our pain, and that–more importantly– He will never abandon the works of his hands <3. +

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