In the Old Testament, human patriarchy is portrayed cynically and satirically as bumbling and insecure in its competition with motherhood. Men cannot give birth. In Scripture and life, they compensate by building cities, erecting monuments, and making war. Mothers, on the other hand–not necessarily women–but the function mother can give birth. As Luke continues down the path of undermining the things that men build (the Temple) and, of course, Zacharias himself, his gospel story turns toward two women–Mary and Elizabeth–who become mothers through the direct intervention of the Most High God.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:34-35.
Episode 437 Luke 1:34-35 ; Music: