Monday, March 26, 2007

The Word became flesh

and dwelled among us.

painting of the Annunciation by John Carroll Collier

"Rejoice, Full of Grace, The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God. You are to concieve and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the son of the Most High....."

"How will this come to be, since I am a virgin?"

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. The child will be holy and will be called Son of God. By the way, your kinswoman Elizabeth, elderly and barren, is now in her sixth month; nothing is impossible to God."

"I am the slave-girl of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you have said."

And the angel went away.


Mimi said...

Happy Feast Day!

What an anachronistic portrayal.

Mike Farley said...

I love that picture! Where does it come from? It truly brings home to us, now, the sense of our Lady being just a young girl, totally not expecting the Angel Gabriel, or any angel, and yet meeting him with that submitted daring she still challenges us with today... just wonderful!