Thursday, March 25, 2021
Annunciation of the Lord
An excerpt from Luke 1:30-33 (NRSV):
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Reflection from Anne Jolly:
I remember distinctly the moment I knew I was pregnant with my first child – my complete amazement at the miracle that is life in general, and that is this life in particular, and that this miracle is worked out in normal people all the time. Rarely has life seemed such a miracle to me as it did in that moment. The miracle, the salvific work, of Jesus Christ is not exclusively in the crucifiction, but in the inception, birth, life, death, and resurrection. This moment (that we call the Annunciation) when Jesus began to be human is worth pondering – God who created the universe chose to become human in the multiplication of cells in a young woman named Mary. Miracle indeed!
Painting by Ob Soonthornsima of angel wings for StGs outdoor nativity
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Deuteronomy 16:1-8; Philippians 2:1-11
by Franz Biebl, sung by VOCES8
Translation: The angel of God visited Mary and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Mary said: See the servant of the Lord.
May it happen to me according to your word.
Tags: Lent 2021