Lenten Journey with Mary
Announcing the time.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:
Announcing the TimeWith God there is no time …
and yet, God made time,
made the day and made the night
God called the light Day,
and the darkness God called Night.
And there was evening
and there was morning,
one day. (Genesis 1: 5)
God placed a sun, the stars, a moon
so we can measure and call it time,
so all things then are made right,
so only òú (eth) when God ordains reality,
and only æîï (zman) can man mark it down.
There is an appointed time (zman)
for everything. And there is a time (eth)
for every event under heaven.
A time (eth) to be born, and a time to die,
a time to plant, and a time to pluck the planted.
A time to kill, and a time to heal,
a time to tear down, and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh.
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to search, and a time to lose.
A time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to tear apart, and a time to sew.
A time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate.
A time for war, and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
But there was a time, in the time that God made,
when God entered in, God in time called Miryam,
a young girl, to embrace God’s time, òç (eth)
and find it was a time to love, no time to hate,
no time for war, but time for peace.
But I trust in thee, O LORD,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand. (Psalm 31:14-15)
From the time of the rupture, from the time
God knew, from the time when man and woman
wrenched themselves from the Timeless,
the righteous prayed and hoped for Yahweh
to enter in, yearning for éäåä (the One of Being)
archaic past, before, during, now, and future …
Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and rain salvation over you. (Hosea 10:12)
So the tender daughter of Zion sewed
righteousness. John preached in the
wilderness: The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God is at hand. (Mark 1:15)
God found Mary joyful in Yahweh's Presence,
and came upon her with Spirit and Life.
When the time had fully come, God sent
forth his Son, born of a woman, born
in the truth, redeeming those who lived
in the truth, so they could live with
the Timeless One. (Galatians 4:4-5)
Time is an illusion, not a measure,
according to a Greek philosopher.
But science uses time, clocks time,
not definable since other quantities
are defined in time and space!
Is it a mental measuring system
of mankind’s limited mind? Or,
is it hung on the sun as it faithfully
rises through our sky? Or perhaps the moon,
phasing full to nil, marking seasons
for the seeds, and moons for woman’s
time. Or is it a swing of pendulum, an
oscillation of some Cesium atoms?
The rising of the Nile, shadows on pillars
set to catch the time? Is it a time that only
earth can hold, a time that disappears
in space, and then it is the space that
time ignores. Big Bang began it all
but one Planck moment didn’t pass,
before the moment came, before the
moment passed. And so we call it mystery
when Mary stopped in time, stopping
time itself, and God entered in…
He sent forth Christ as a plan
for the fullness of time,
to unite all things in him,
things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:9-10)
In God’s time, which is no time,
it was beginning with her,
to bring the world to God,
to start creation again,
to initiate this holy birth (eth).
Reflection on the image:
This is an ancient depiction of the Virgin of Blachernae, an apparition of the Virgin Mary to Andrew the Fool and his student Epiphanius and others who prayed earnestly in the chapel of Mary's Veil. This occured in the 10th century in a small chapel outside of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) when the mother of Christ appeared on the step of the altar and called all the faithful to prayer and care under her veil. This began a long tradition of the "Virgin of Good Counsel," "Mary, help of Christians," "Mary the Protector." In this image, she is seen with the city walls behind her. She holds her arms in prayer, the early "orans" position.
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