Monday: March 26                                                        

 Luke 1:26-38

            In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

             The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

             Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

             Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

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            The Feast of the Annunciation comes in the midst of our Lenten observance as a sort of shock to our systems.  With all the introspection and reminders of our sinful nature, we are reminded that God breaks into our world in the most unlikely places with the least likely people, bringing grace and favor, tidings of joy with tremendous challenges attached.

            Perhaps this gives us an opportunity to remember with Mary the goodness of God in the midst of what may seem like our “uselessness.”  Imagine that God should use you and me to bring the Christ into our world!  We don’t think we’re properly equipped to do the bidding of the Almighty, and yet for those who yield to God’s movement within us there are world-changing consequences.  May it be so for us in this season.

Who are we, O Lord, that you should visit us with such greetings?

By your grace, let your will be done in your servants for the sake of the world.

 Rev. David Chafin

Deputy Regional Minister

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