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Feast of the Annunciation

Luke 1:26-38

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Nancy Wellmeier

Publié: March 25, 2020

Sometimes we find that the words we use obscure the real meaning.  IF this feast were called “the Announcement” would it lift the veil of mystery just a little?  What was announced was the Incarnation, the incredibly generous movement of our God to make a home in our world, in our human culture, on our planet.  Young Miriam does what we all need to do when we hear this announcement—open ourselves to Emmanuel, God with us. (First reading, Is.7:14) “Here I am, Lord, ready to do your will.”  (Psalm 39).  But God’s “announcer”, Gabriel, is met with deep disturbance and fear by Zechariah (Luke 1:20) and with a “deeply troubled” Miriam. (Luke 1:26) Gabriel’s announcements were about impending pregnancies and should have been met with overwhelming joy—but in each case there were complicating circumstances.  Nevertheless, “nothing is impossible with God.”

This phrase could be a source of comfort and security for all of us.  Doubts about bringing children into today’s world are just some of the circumstances which can temper the joy.  All of us live in troubled times, when any good news or joyful announcement seems rare.  Divisiveness, climate disasters, wars and rumors of war, pandemic disease—we all need Gabriel to remind us that “nothing is impossible with God”, who is with us always.  God’s goodness has gifted us with the creativity to find the way through.  Miriam’s way was trust in the word of the Lord, a three-month retreat, and service to her kinswoman while receiving wisdom about the future.  We could benefit from her example.

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