advent 2011: Friday of Hope

Back to the Gospel of Luke and we arrive at the Annunciation to Mary. I like to travel slowly through this scene, drinking in all the hidden elements to the story. From Luke 1:

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth.27 <sup class="xref" style="background-color: white; font-weight: bold; line-height: 0.5em; vertical-align: text-top;" value="(E)”>He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary.28 The angel came to her and said,         

Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you! 

29 Mary was deeply troubled by the angel’s message, and she wondered what his words meant.30 The angel said to her,          

Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you.31 <sup class="xref" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: 0.5em; vertical-align: text-top;" value="(F)”>You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.32 <sup class="xref" style="font-weight: bold; line-height: 0.5em; vertical-align: text-top;" value="(G)”>He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was,33 and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!

Last year I shared my reflections on the Annunciation on our church blog, Sunday Lunch. I also highly recommend Denise Levertov’s poem of the same name; her fresh perspective is inspiring and eye-opening.

Waiting in Hope…to understand.

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