A startling reflection on this Feast of the Annunciation by Russell Saltzman:  A meditation on St. Luke 1:26-38 and the Qur’an 19:16-21 . If your eyebrows go up at the title, as mine did, Pastor Saltzman explains:

Besides, if Moslems and Christians are going to talk together theologically—as we should—maybe the place to start our conversation is not in any of the usual places we might think, but with Mary.

But of course to speak of Mary in any Christian sense is to speak of Christ.

Strangely, though, reading the Qur’an, to speak of Mary in any Islamic sense also is to speak of Christ.

He pulls it off, too.

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