Caravaggio – “The Annunciation: 1608-09
Oil on canvas, 285 x 205 cm – Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy
Morning, afternoon and evening can beautifully receive these three parts of today’s Gospel⎯the annunciation to Mary in the morning, the afternoon visit of Mary to Elizabeth and the evening song of Mary’s praise, the Magnificat. Each of these three segments take their movement from the stirrings of the Holy Spirit within the two women.
You will come to appreciate why for centuries the Magnificat has been the church’s evening prayer in the Catholic and Anglican traditions. Your heart will be one with the heart of Mary in her explosive prayer, if the prior hours of your day are filled with the awareness of what God wants to do for you as God did for Mary. Witness God’s compassion as Mary did to Elizabeth. May Jesus grow within you as he did within Mary. For you too, Jesus will be bone of your bone, and flesh of your flesh.
Open to be filled with grace. v. 28
Holy Spirit hovering. v. 35
The child in me leaps for joy. v. 44
My soul magnifies the Lord. v. 47
This is the second of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
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We read the Gospel of Matthew, except during Advent, the Infancy Narratives of Luke.
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