Monday, 25 March 2019 12:33

Feast of the Annunciation

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2019ANWeb150The Church never asks us to simply commemorate something which happened a long time ago. There is always a sense of the eternal present in our feasts, liturgy and prayer. So, today we are not just commemorating the annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary. We read it as a reminder that God is calling us, too, to be bearers of the living Jesus in our own moment of history.

We are encouraged by Mary’s example of being able to say ‘Yes’ to God’s invitation without having all the answers. That must have taken great trust and great open-heartedness. 

 


Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee  called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.·He went in and said to her, "Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you." She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean,·but the angel said to her, "Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end." Mary said to the angel, "But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?"·"The Holy Spirit will come upon you," the angel answered, "and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God." ·"I am the handmaid of the Lord," said Mary, "let what you have said be done to me." And the angel left her.

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