“that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love,
and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding,
resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself”
The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and knew…
I saw all things in God,
and God in all things.
Mechtild of Magdeburg
(annunciation from The Book of Hours/ also known as the Black Hours due to the process of first layering the vellum with carbon / 1470 / Bruges, Belgium)
We are a people of mystery who in turn love a mystery…
The stuff of which puts one sitting on the edge of one’s seat…
nail biting and gripping.
The strange and often unexplainable,
is always nicely and neatly revealed and eventually solved in the end.
as in understood
as in light has been shed,
as in understanding has been gained…
satisfaction and fulfilment.
Yet how to understand that which is not understandable?
How to solve that which is unsolvable?
The angel went to her and said,
“Greetings, you who are highly favored!
The Lord is with you.”
an ethereal being,
an otherworldly being…
that which is beyond us…
But the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever;
his kingdom will never end.”
Presented, most matter of factly, is the unexplainable…
as curiosity is piqued.
How will this be,” Mary asked the angel,
“since I am a virgin?
As the strange and the unexplainable is neatly revealed.
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[a] 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.
As in solved…
as in understanding is gleaned…
Leading to inviting acceptance…
In turn leading to satisfaction…
as in light has been shed…
fulfillment is satisfactorily achieved…
for all involved….
And so it is….