Wednesday 20 December 2023

About Today Readings

Isaiah 7:10–14. Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory – Psalm 23(24):1–6. Luke 1:26–38.

The maiden is with child

The Annunciation is among the most profound passages in the Bible. It is a radical moment, the announcement of the definitive arrival of the Lord. At last God reveals his plan for his chosen people. More than this transcendent, unlimited, unbound, infinite God will enter into a world both limited and fallen. He will take our nature to himself, walk among us, and share our smallness and vulnerability. He comes into our smallness to enlarge it, into our darkness to enlighten it, into our lowly state to raise us. This promise and moment on which the whole of history revolves is dealt with in a paragraph. After a few sentences we are left with the young Mary, struck with awe by what little of all this we can grasp. May we imitate her great courage and faith in accepting God’s invitation, and with her ponder this inconceivable news.

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