The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.’ ‘No,’ Ahaz answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’
Then Isaiah said:
‘Listen now, House of David:
are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men
without trying the patience of my God, too?
The Lord himself, therefore,
will give you a sign.
It is this: the maiden is with child
and will soon give birth to a son
whom she will call Immanuel,
a name which means “God-is-with-us.”’
Mary’s quiet and faithful response to God provides us with God’s sign — God with us.
In the innocence and vulnerablity of a new born life, the power and glory of God is disclosed. Power and glory which manifests itself in love and service of his people — all people, everywhere and always.
Crowned statue of Our Lady. Michael Clarke. St John’s Wood. (c) 2008, Allen Morris