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Posted on: April 6, 2018 1:00 pm
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by Sister Mary Ruth Lubbers, SND

Of all the painting that portray the Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner’s is my favorite. Mary is seen as a young girl who looks intently and thoughtfully toward the light, the angelic presence. In this most intimate of moments, Mary is surrounded and eventually permeated with an all-embracing love.  Mary is not just asked to do a job for God; she is asked to enter into a loving relationship with God. Flowing out of that relationship the Son of God becomes the God-Man. 

Mary is opened to receive God’s Word, to question and thoughtfully consider her response. With her ‘Yes,’ her life is forever different – and so is ours.

In the silence of prayer when you have encountered God’s love, how has God moved your heart? How have you responded? We all have ‘Annunciation’ stories. What is yours? May you, like Mary, move forward in faith and love as you incarnate Jesus in our world today.

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord is normally assigned to March 25 (nine months before Christmas). Because the 25th was Palm Sunday, the Annunciation is transferred to and observed on Monday, April 9, 2018.


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