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And the Word was made flesh…

Annunciation: A Painting with Simple Words
By Rev. Andrew Costello, C.Ss.R.

I didn’t ask for this. I never even asked God for signs.

I trusted God. God has always been good to me – giving me the gifts of life, health, family, faith, village, and a good man that loved me: Joseph.

I heard the stories in the sacred scriptures – read to us in the synagogue – at Sabbath services. The Messiah was to come – but unlike the sun rising every morning and falling asleep every night – the Messiah was to come at a time when we would least expect him.

So I couldn’t believe it, when a messenger from the Lord, an angel, voiced his way into me – with the greeting, “Hail Mary full of grace – the Lord is with you!”

Compliments like that come from time to time in the marketplace – when the seller wanted to sell me bread or wine or lamb or what have you. And I knew enough to always ask, “What’s the price? How many pieces of silver will this cost me?”

Read the rest here on his blog: Reflections by the Bay.