A New Ordering of All Things

“When God chooses Mary as the means when God himself wants to come into the world in the manger of Bethlehem, this is not an idyllic family affair. It is instead the beginning of a complete reversal, a new ordering of all things on this earth. If we want to participate in this Advent and Christmas event, we cannot simply sit there like spectators in a theater and enjoy all the friendly pictures. Rather, we must join in the action that is taking place and be drawn into this reversal of all things ourselves.”

                                                    — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

(If we’re tempted to think that Brother Dietrich is overstating the case, we should read Mary’s Song in Luke 1:46-55.)