lineage of angels


This is the moment Angel finally, truly forgives Wesley for taking Connor.

And it’s such a beautiful scene, because there’s this subtle paradox in their conversation. Wesley is seeking forgiveness for something he didn’t actually do, and instead Angel forgives him for something Wes doesn’t even remember.

At the same time, we must note the difference between the annunciation of the birth of the Baptist to Zechariah and the annunciation of the birth of Jesus to Mary. Zechariah, father of the Baptist, is a priest and he receives the message in the Temple, during its liturgy. Mary’s lineage is not mentioned. The angel Gabriel is sent to her by God. He enters her house in Nazareth—a town unknown to the sacred Scriptures, a house that we must surely picture to ourselves as very humble and very simple. The contrast between the two scenes could not be greater: priest—Temple—liturgy on the one hand, an unknown young woman—an unknown small town—an unknown private dwelling on the other. The sign of the new Covenant is humility, hiddenness—the sign of the mustard-seed. The Son of God comes in lowliness. Both these elements belong together: the profound continuity in the history of God’s action and the radical newness of the hidden mustard-seed.
—  Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, pp.20f.