The first thing we noticed about this chapter is how incredibly dense with detail it is. For this reason we are spreading our reading out and will continue this theme when we meet again in May.
All of Mariology has to be explained Christologically, and it is this which renders the true grandeur of Mary (OCDS Philippines V2.Nov1, 2006, p.241)
What is strong in this chapter is the way it impresses upon us that it is not all about Mary. Or rather it guides us to reorienting our individualistic and celebrity driven cultural assumptions to understand Mary in the light of Old Testament prophecy and New Testament revelation.
The promises of old are fresh in our minds this Easter season. We have just been meditating on the people of Israel’s liberation from the slavery of Egypt, their wandering in the desert and God’s covenant.
Catholic scholars speak of the person of Mary as representative of Israel’s perfect response to the covenant established by God on Sinai. (OCDS Philippines V2.Nov1, 2006, p.249)
This month we will take some time meditate on what that ‘perfect response’ involves and where Israel’s (our) imperfect responses lead us to look to Mary for strength and wisdom in fulfilling the promises of old and guidance and light to reveal the new ark of the covenant.
Photo credit: Annunciation, Fra Angelico, 1438