A little after the angel had sat with Mary, shared a coffee and broke the news of her impending pregnancy and all that was to entail the angel slipped away.
With a wink, a smile and the words “we will se you again soon, you are blessed, we’re all looking forward to this” the angel left, leaving Mary in her house packing to go and visit Elizabeth with a world of excitement and in-trepidation around her.
What we aren’t told however is what the angel did next, an error in storytelling if you ask me… An error I’d like to rectify right now…
The angel visited a few people that morning, it was a busy day for angels, a red letter day, one that none of the angels would forget.
Some angels were sent to talk to a flock of sheep to tell them the good news that Mary has accepted her calling and that this would mean great news for the world.
Another angel was sent to a small corner of the world to celebrate this news with a flock of seagulls while yet another flew across the oceans and told a school of tuna the name that the baby would be Jesus and together they partied under the seas and celebrated the name of the king that had been prophesied to be born.
As the angels partied all over the earth with sheep, seagulls, tuna, with penguins, panda bears, whales, crickets and murray cods the angel who had visited Mary flew on to bring another message to many others.
You see, this angel brought a very different message with her than the one that she brought to Mary, or the one brought by the other Angels who were dancing and celebrating with the creatures of the earth. This message has, up until now not been recorded, has been silenced, and has been forgotten…
That night the angel appeared to many people:
To a king that had enslaved young children and their families, forcing them to build his castle filled with gold and silver.
To the priests at the temple who continued to use their religion as a way to tear people down and make them feel guilty and unworthy.
To a group of tax collectors that were counting their weekly takings and regaling stories of how they had ripped off people from their community and how many people they were able to evict from their houses.
To owners of businesses who didn’t employ people fairly or pay their workers a fair wage while they slave away in the fields.
To the emperor who had been sitting comfortably in his throne of power ruling his land that he had killed and fought for, for which he had lead his armies to pilliage, rape and frighten the people into submission.
Yes, to all of these and to others like them the angel appeared with this message…
Yes… That’s right…
Be afraid, tonight I bring you news that should make you very uncomfortable indeed, news that will shake the very foundations of the world in which you currently live. Tonight I bring the news that hope is coming, that God hasn’t given up, that there’s a plan afoot that will change everything. soon you shall see those who have lost hope will find it again, those who you have disempowered will find power and those whom you’ve taken everything from will find themselves with more than even you have dreamed of.
To a young girl full of energy and hope, that the world has not discouraged or got to yet, who still believes change to be possible….