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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Annunciation



The reading today is about the annunciation, where the angel Gabriel tells Mary she's going to have a baby. A lot is made of the fact that Mary freely says 'yes' to this plan, but in the reading, she wasn't actually *asked* if she'd do it ... hmmm. I've tried to feel some connection to Mary but it's hard. I can't believe in the official Catholic Mary, the one of the immaculate conception and perpetual virginity ... she's more an icon of the church's distrust of human nature than a real person. A Mary I do like, though, is the one portrayed in the movie Jesus by Jacqueline Bisset.



If you watch the video below, starting at 7 minutes into the clip, you'll see Jesus in the family carpentry workshop. Joseph has just died and Jesus is upset, and his mother comes in to talk to him. She cheers him up and they laugh together about how she had had to break the news to Joseph 31 years earlier of her angel-announced pregnancy (the annunciation) ....


3 Comments:

Blogger Dina said...

Ah, but the scene AFTER that -- poor Mary M.

12:20 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Dina,

Oh, that was supposed to be Mary of Bethany, the sister of Lazarus. In the movie, he meets Mary M some time later ... so many Marys in Jesus' life :)

But yeah, that was a sad scene!

12:31 AM  
Blogger Dina said...

Oh, right, that makes more sense.
Don't know how I missed that movie when it came out. I'll have to sit down and watch all the segments in order.

11:28 PM  

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