|I do love the lambs!|
Now if I am to be honest, if I chose to read the Annunciation is story I would have to point out the nine-month thing or people would start to wonder why I am reading a Christmas story in March. So if I were on-lectionary this season I would go with Jeremiah and Hebrews and John.
In fact I would go specifically with Jeremiah and the new covenant to be written on the heart. If there is a better description of how our hearts will be changed when the Reign of God is made fully real I can't think of one.
|Abraham and Melchizedek|
Then we come to John. Is it just me or is this essentially an Easter teaching? Or maybe it is merely foreshadowing (something John likes to us IMO)? Certainly as the liturgical year draws closer to Jerusalem it fits to heighten the tension in the story.
So what is it? Annunciation of birth or foreshadowing of death? A New Covenant where the law of love is written on our hearts or an eternal priest in the order of an obscure character from the Abram/Abraham story? What rabbit trail is attracting you this week?
But first, we pray:
God of impossibilities,
you chose to enter human flesh
through the one who called herself lowly.
Teach us who daily receive announcements of Christ's coming
to live as Mary did,
trusting in your power
to bring your desire to fulfillment. Amen.