Ave Maria gratia plena . . .
“In the days of creation of the world, when God was uttering his living and mighty “Let there be,” the word of the Creator brought creatures into the world. But on that day, unprecedented in the history of the world, when Mary uttered her brief and obedient, “So be it,” I hardly dare say what happened then – the word of the creature brought the Creator into the world.”
– Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, 1874
Ohrid Icon of the Annunciation (source)
How amazing is that? The creature’s word echoes the Creator’s word. The created gives birth to the Creator. That says a lot about what God thinks of humanity. Far too often we look at ourselves and say, “I’m only human! What do you expect?” We use our humanity as an excuse. God, however, sees our humanity as an opportunity. It is the opportunity, to paraphrase St. Gregory of Nyssa…
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