The ravishment of Mary: Immanuel is conceived

(This post is an excerpt from A Theology of Desire.) Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, seeing I am a virgin?” The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore also the holy one who is born from you will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:34-35 WEB) Luke is the only gospel writer to capture this moment, and shortly after these words, the account fades to black. But God has given us the gift of imagination and invites us to populate the stories of scripture with sound, scent, and texture. Here’s what I envision: Gabriel leaves. The Holy Spirit descends and God steps into time and space, sweeping Mary into the scenes

Jesus: glorious product of adultery

(This post is an excerpt from Where True Love Is.) If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out to the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbor’s wife. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB) Prepare to be shocked. According to today’s Deuteronomy passage, God himself violated the law by the very begetting of Jesus. Luke chapter 1 describes the occurrence. Mary was within a city; the town of Nazareth. She was betrothed to Joseph. The Holy Spirit came upon her,

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