Last Sunday I was travelling on the London Underground and heard an announcement that was completely incomprehensible. Had we understood it we might not have tried to change to the Jubilee Line at a station where that was temporarily impossible. Perhaps we should have taken more care to ponder what it meant and ask other people for help. It seems to me that Mary must have found the announcement that she received incomprehensible - at least at first. "How can this be?" I find it incomprehensible too - and humanly speaking, impossible. I can only wonder at the mystery. How can God become human? Impossible isn't it? How can a human give birth to God? Impossible isn't it? How can life meet death? How can the highest heaven meet the lowest depths? Impossible! Yet I believe it, for as the angel said to Mary,
"nothing will be impossible with God".I love these words from the Common Worship extended preface for the Eucharistic prayer for today's Holy Communion.
"We give you thanks and praise
that the Virgin Mary heard with faith the message of the angel,
and by the power of your Holy spirit
conceived and bore the Word made flesh.
From the warmth of her womb
to the stillness of the grave
he shared our life in human form.
In him new light has dawned upon the world
and you have become one with us
that we might become one with you
in your glorious kingdom."
Happy Lady Day to you!