Mary and John form the first Church, or at least what Luther would have called the "little Church" - the family.
Legend suggest that she might have died in Ephesus, and this is sufficient license for me to use my imagination in placing Mary and John there as the elders return from their leave taking of Paul at Miletus.
I have written a meditation as from Mary to the elders which is a paraphrase of the letter to the Ephesians from her imagined perspective.
It was with the prophecy of the sword that Mary first heard the Song of Simeon. Now in her old old age she has learned to sing Nunc Dimittis too. Mystical theology and contemplative prayer grow with the ability to sing Nunc Dimittis.
Mary has lived her "yes" to God and learned through the "sword that pierced her own soul" to live beyond tears. She has learned to lament, and to live the life of hope thatlament inhabits.
Mary, in who Jesus had been formed had long since learned to let herself be formed in Christ.
Nunc Dimittis is the last song we sing in this life. Like Simeon and Anna it is possible to enter it only when pennies have dropped, lessons have been learned, suffering has been experienced and loss accepted. We start to see see the meaning of salvation in a way that includes everything.
The Letter to the Ephesians is Paul's, or the Pauline school's, Nunc Dimittis, a song of lament for mortality, dwelling in the hope of resurrection for all. It is as much a letter from the Ephesians as to them.
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