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Annunciation (March 25)

March 25, 2003

Blessed feast! We again get a break from Lent as we celebrate the very beginning of Jesus’ Incarnation, His conception. Today is exactly nine months before Christmas. Today we thank God for the angel’s message to Mary, and her “yes” to his offer.

Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 40:7-11
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-38

Our readings, of course, reflect the feast. The first reading is the prophesy that a virgin (that would be Mary) will bear a Son. The psalm is about doing God’s will, as Mary did with her “yes,” and as Jesus did by becoming one of us. The second reading tells us that doing God’s will is more pleasing to Him than sacrifices. The Gospel, predictably, is the story of the Annunciation, of Gabriel the archangel coming to Mary and announcing that she is to be the mother of the Son of God. I encourage you to read the story for yourself–there’s a lot there.

May we find our joy in God’s joy over our “yes.”

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