Annunciation

Why did those Flemish painters place the Biblical scenes in contemporary dress and scene? Because they wanted to say that the Biblical truths are as alive and real today here and now as they were two thousand years ago.

Today the miracle of the Incarnation of the Son of God is a vital and dynamic truth. It is not just a dull dogma or an abstract belief. It is not a theological conceit or a man made metaphor or myth. Christ, the Son of God became man by taking the flesh of the Blessed Virgin.

On this miraculous intervention the salvation of the whole world hangs. On this instantaneous and eternal action the destiny of the world was reversed, the victory over evil was assured and my own destiny is enabled.

Now all I need to do is engage with this eternal action, and knowing the power and presence of grace to say, “Let it be unto me according to your word.” Then incarnation starts to become real within me as Christ begins to transform my own life into his life so that I, like him and in him, may be born again.

 

  • http://knowledgehungry.wordpress.com Jeanne G.

    “Why did those Flemish painters place the Biblical scenes in contemporary dress and scene? Because they wanted to say that the Biblical truths are as alive and real today here and now as they were two thousand years ago.” It’s interesting to think if someone painted Biblical scenes in contemporary modern dress and scene, they’d likely be called blasphemous or modernistic.

  • Mira

    Most of women’s active participation in the church involves being saints or doctors of the church, titles given to honour them after their death- which doesn’t really account for active participation. I would be stupid to think that a church made chock-full of men, would support women’s ordination. How do you men get away with defining roles for women and who we are and should be? Or your interpretation of God’s word, when you have not stepped inside my skin, and my heart and my faith in what I can do or contribute? The comment about women being gossips in the confessional was beyond what I could stand. There are far more male criminals than female and we get pulled up for gossip (which is definitely not just a female trait, I assure you), and that’s it? Typical, though, I’m not surprised.


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