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Monday, April 4, 2016

Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary...actually, every time we say the "Hail Mary" we are remembering the feast we celebrate today. Usually it is March 25, but Holy Week and Easter dates often cause this feast to be moved until after Easter week. Let us think of what happened to Mary when the Angel Gabriel greeted her: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee!" Mary was not expecting an angel and was greatly troubled by his words. Then the angel tells her not to be afraid for she has found favor with God. And then adds, "Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son and you shall name him Jesus."

What a message! Every time I think of this scene I marvel at the faith of Mary. The Holy Spirit comes and Jesus is conceived in her womb. What a mystery and what a gift for all of us. God so loved us that He sent His only Son to be one of us.

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