If you missed the ABC Channel 7 News broadcast of the Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief series last Wednesday, July 13, titled Miracle Mysteries, here is the YouTube video showing a portion of the show (below) and a link to the full episode:
Is it just me...but despite the obvious, and in fact, direct and outright reference to Mary (Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom...) by Beatle Paul McCartney in one of their most iconic songs, I nevertheless missed its full significance in, no less, than the song title itself all these many years, if not for the pointed statement made by, of all people, ABC news reporter Bill Weir last Wednesday! Let it be...is, indeed, a direct quote (or paraphrase) of Mary's response to Saint Gabriel's Anunciation! "May it be done to me according to your word." Luke 1:38 Let it be done...Let it be...
Paul McCartney & The Beatles arrive in New York City in 1964.
Well, how about that? Stunning scriptural insight from a Beatle, don't you think? Paul is practically singing it...screaming it really... That's not just a veiled reference, not even oblique!!! But w/c I, a cradle Catholic (w/c I think Paul is too BTW) completely missed, did not see, dancing in front of me in plain sight!
But what strikes me the most is...I wonder...the rapt multitudes that throng Paul's concerts & invariably sing & sway w/ him to Let it be at the end of his tours worldwide, waving those luminous wands & sticks sold at concession stands that can pass for lighted candles... Are they aware...do they know what they are invoking is the greatest mystery of the Anunciation--God made man--made possible by the unfettered, humble assent of a 14-year-old, Jewish girl, but consent nevertheless? Or have they missed it too...do they still not get it all this time like I did? Does Paul? Is the modern-day minstrel fully aware of the deep theology in his pop song?