never us … always God

urlToday’s Richard Rohr post is a timely reminder …

We see that Mary is the archetype, the personification of the one who represents and sums up the entire mystery of how salvation is received, and this has many dimensions. Like Jesus, I believe she is a Corporate Personality, a stand-in and exemplar for all of us. This is why the older churches so honored her and were fascinated by her. She is us!

  • The “immaculate conception” refers to her identity before she had done anything right or anything wrong (perhaps implied in Romans 8:30).
  • Her free election at the Annunciation with no mention of merit (Luke 1:38), as it is for us.
  • Her virgin motherhood is shrouded in mystery even for her (Luke 2:19, 51), as it is for us.
  • She has a quiet, ordinary life (no statements for thirty years), as most of ours are.
  • She shows heroic “standing” in dignity and solidarity with the pain and despair at the end (John 19:25).
  • She demonstrates receptivity to the shared life of the Holy Spirit along with everybody else at Pentecost (Acts 1:14).

All of these dimensions point to the full meaning of how God is born into the world! It is never about us, and always about God. We, like Mary, are merely “handmaids,” instruments, and it took such a woman as this to make the whole pattern glaringly clear.

good words again to start my day ….


At lunch time I managed to squeeze in a visit to Epiphany at Wallspace.

This is an exhibition of contemporary and traditional icons, all created in Britain. The display is quite stunning and incredibly moving. It’s hard to describe, but I heard once someone explaining an icon as a window to God; maybe if you can imagine walking into a church where you are presented with 73 stunning windows to God, you can grsp something of how unique this exhibition is.

If you want to visit an exhibition which demands your engagement then pay this a visit – but you only have until 12 December before it ends.

I too some photos on my phone as I did not bother taking my camera as I did not think they would be allowing photos. They were, and so I grabbed some pics of my favourite icons and have uploaded them to flickr.