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The Great Mystery of the Incarnation…
The great mystery of the Incarnation, the coming of the Messiah into the world, finds its genesis in a simple “yes.” It is that affirmative response of a young girl, given in pure, profound, and innocent faith to the awesome, angelic messenger of God which brought the ancient promise of salvation into the world. Who was she to receive such a visit? To hear such an overwhelming word? We see her confusion and utter innocence in her question to the magnificent being in her presence, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The great mystery of the Incarnation has to include Mary and her fiat to the word the Angel brings to her. It is through Mary that Jesus takes on his humanity. And here we are challenged by faith too. Are we not struck with surprise and wonder at this proposition, that a young girl living in an obscure corner of the great Roman Empire, in a small impoverished village, would be asked to participate in this transcendent, indeed, supernatural event so far beyond our ability to understand. In our human wisdom we are incredulous. We can only imagine how Mary must have felt, how she must have been overwhelmed that God would send this magnificent being to her to ask her such a thing? How her mind must have reeled with the thought that God was asking her to bear Eternity within her finite womb, that the child that would be born to her would be called holy, the Son of God? God, of course, knew that Mary, being human, would need something tangible, something graspable, to overcome her innocent confusion. The Angel tells Mary that her cousin, Elizabeth, a women far beyond child bearing age, a women who had been considered barren,…