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The Life We Hold, The Life We Give Away

It’s nine months to Christmas. As I watch the daffodils come up in the rectory yard, and think about my sermon for the next Sunday in Lent, it’s hard to think about Christmas.

But today is the Annunciation. We remember the moment Mary learned from the angel Gabriel she would have the baby Jesus. It’s our feast for when Gabriel announced what God would do.

At the Eucharist, we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Annunciation reminds us these divine truths bloom in human soil.

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."

But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor 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 forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."

Mary’s Well, Nazareth, remembered as the site of the Annunciation

Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

Madonna of the Eucharist, Botticelli

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