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When the angel of the Lord announces the plan for Mary to carry within her and birth Emmanuel, she questions, but ultimately agrees. Mary gave consent. So Mary does not need to say #MeToo, at least not about the incident for which we all know her.
Yet #MeToo is not just about sexual harassment or assault.
Silence - Risk - Violence - Power - Thought
It is about escaping the silence, exposing how widespread and suffocating the risk of sexual violence is. It is about how those with power over you can ruin you without a thought, thus so many of one’s thoughts must be consumed with keeping oneself safe. It is about the implications of speaking up that have kept so many silent for so long. Some might claim they had no idea until a tsunami of #MeToo flooded their social media. But Mary knew these risks — all the reasons we keep silent.
She had to know that no one would believe her. Mary said yes, and later with her cousin Elizabeth even sang a hymn of praise for a pregnancy she would not be able to explain except to say that it was from God. Joseph would not believe her, until a messenger of God visited him privately in a dream. Mary’s word was not enough. She had to know it would not be.
Man - Life - One - One - Messengers
The “man in her life” was surely not the only one concerned for her, yet no one else is recorded to have any heavenly messengers visit. Was Mary’s word enough for her parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors? Or did they always thereafter remember this about her: that the timeline did not quite check out for her marriage and pregnancy.
Was there a persistent inkling in their heads when her son Jesus preached for the first time in Nazareth (Luke 4:22), telling them that the scroll of the...
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