Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25, 2015



Below, you'll find a reflection for today, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25, by Linda Ballard, osc. The reflection is from Wrestling with Presence: Reflections for Lent, published by Pax Christi USA in 2006. 


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By Linda Ballard, osc


Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10 | Hebrews 10:4-10 | Luke 1:26-38


Do not be afraid ... How can this be? ~Luke 1:30, 34


As our knees bend to Creed this day, it is good to remember that even Lent sings God's willingness to be part of us.


In the five-thousand one-hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world, Jesus Christ, desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and nine months have passed since his conception, was born ... of the Virgin Mary, being made flesh (Christmas Proclamation).


It is a two-fold celebration today. God asked. Mary answered. God wants us as a partner. God wants us to birth God before peoples and generations. Nine months from today is Christmas. In the midst of our desert wanderings, in the midst of our refusal to see, in the midst of our search for water, God came to a woman bound by death and asked her to bring forth LIFE. And she said yes. And so do we...

To read the entire reflection, click here.

In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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