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Lent, day 20: The Annunciation

Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10; Psalm 40; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38

The Solemnity of the Annunciation celebrates the moment when God made himself one with humanity. He entered our world not through a majestic display of power but through a young Jewish maiden’s quiet willingness to open her heart and her womb to the mysterious movement of the Spirit in her life.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

This humble fiat, this willingness to do God’s will, despite its troubling meaning and uncertain consequences for her life, made possible the birth of Jesus, the Word made flesh, who would suffer and die for the sins of humanity.

“God became human,” it is said, “so that humanity might become divine.” Mary gave Jesus the gift of human life. Jesus, in return, has given us the gift of eternal life.

Like his mother, he did so by giving his own personal fiat in the garden of Gethsemane: “Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

Father Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R.
Canandaigua, N.Y.


25 de marzo, La Anunciación

Isaías 7:10-14, 8:10; Salmo 40; Hebreos 10:4-10; Lucas 1:26-38

Caminando por estos días de cuaresma celebramos hoy La Anunciación del Señor a la Virgen María por el Arcángel Gabriel, una fiesta que nos enseña que los ojos de Dios miran de una manera muy diferente a los nuestros.

Dios elige a una humilde joven, no acostumbrada a ser tenida en cuenta, para ser la Madre de su Único y Amado: Jesucristo. Su nombre es María, y será ella quién hará realidad la promesa salvífica de Dios. El sí que pronuncia María es un sí lleno de fe hasta el final.

Pedimos hoy una fe grande. Un poder decir si aún en medio de luces, sombras, y cruces.

María nos acompaña con su ayuda, su estímulo, y su consuelo. Siguiendo a Jesús con María, llegaremos un día a la casa del Padre para estar con el para siempre.

Padre Blas Cáceres, C.Ss.R.
Philadelphia

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