Wednesday, 30 November 2016

How would the angel tell Mary about the good news?

How do young people nowadays contact each other? Yes, I know I am young adult though I am very old fashioned I much prefer writing a letter to my dearest friends and relatives.

Mrs Troublefield, asked Mr Dunwoody "Who is Joseph and Mary." He responded, "Joseph and Mary are two young people who were promised to each other, but not yet married. This means that Mary was still living with her parents. They were unimportant people, known only to their relatives and friends."

What comes to you mind when you think of an angel? Maybe an image of a white-clad, young man. Well that is how angels traditional portrayed. Which explains why we find it difficult to imagine Mary and the Angel as anything other than two separate figures facing each other in a simply furnished room.

Mr Dunwoody want this story to be engaging for children and young people. So how would the angel talk to Mary? Well you can never see young person not holding that mobile phone? Look at those two girls in the coffee shop talking to each other by texting! Young people these days! No manners have they? Angel can phone Mary and tell her the good news that way? No, that is ridiculous. So the phone is out of question even text messages, what is that other thing young people use, how about Facebook. No! That won't work!

What other ways to contact people? Skype that's like seeing a person face to face, and most people have an account. You can speak to people from the other side of the world surely that would work. Won't it? What no it won't.

I think I got it, how about Instagram it. Surely that would be better than other ways as the young ones who pose silly faces of themselves surely Mary cannot resits opening her notification to see what it says. Though pulling a face won't be much help especially if the wind change as you will have that silly face forever unless the wind blows in the opposite direction.

Well technology does have it glitches so how about a telegram. What you never heard about them? You know the message send by telegraph and then delivered in writing form though they only used in the UK only for international messages since 1981. Elizabeth started working out what to put in the telegram and then give the draft for the Angel to read who began to read, "Hail Mary. Stop. Blessed art thou." Stop, that is no good.

Oh come on Rebecca, I should be able answer the most simply question. So the telegram won't work. I got it, no honestly I have. Is it not obvious? It's staring at you. Well looks like Gabriel we have to visit Mary in person after all. OK, in the original version, what did the Angel say. Let's see..........

OK, now for the serious bit. Miss Calaway asked a very good question, "What did the writers of the Gospels mean when they used the term 'angel;?" Now that is what I call a good question. Now please do give me a moment to think about this. Would you like a coffee or tea when I just think?

Right, here is my answer Miss Calaway. The term 'angel' were speaking of a message from God. It could come in a dream or a vision. However it appeared, it was powerful enough to shake the person to their foundations.; the person who received/saw the Angel/message was convinced they had received a message directly from God-it was, in fact, God-Given.

Luke 1 26-27 reads the following. 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

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