I wonder when Mary realized what she had gotten into by saying yes. I imagine at some point she realized all the implications of her willingness to serve God by being the mother of Jesus. I wonder, though, if all that dawned on her while Gabriel was talking to her. Not much is said about Mary in the Gospels in terms of age, upbringing, and so on. Most of what we believe we infer by context. We believe Mary to have been relatively young for marriage by our standards, perhaps as young as twelve or thirteen.1 That would have been the normal age for a young peasant woman to be married.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.