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The Annunciation

Eternity is a difficult concept for the human mind because we think in terms of time and we cannot really imagine life without time. The expression “from all eternity” is often used. However, this expression is faulty because eternity has neither beginning nor end. Eternity is a Godly concept. When Moses asked God what he should say if the people asked him the name of the God who sent him, he received the reply.

“God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.”

Jesus claims this title for himself when He is being questioned by the Jews in John chapter 8.

 The Jews therefore said to him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am.” (John 8: 57-58)

God does not change or amend His plans to suit the circumstances, because He is always aware of all circumstances. When God created time and when He created man to His image and likeness, He knew that He would become incarnate of the Virgin Mary to save us from our sins.

Today we celebrate the annunciation of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The moment on which the history of mankind pivots. We meet the Virgin Mary through whom Jesus Christ will enter the world as man. Artists love paint the scene. One of my favourites is by the Spanish artist Bartalomé Esteban Murillo.

The Annunciation – Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682)

Let us rejoice that today Jesus Christ comes into the world for our salvation. Here is the story as told by St Luke.

“And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.

And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?

And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God.

And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:26-38)

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