Annunciation

Roman Catholic Church

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059

716.683.5254

Annunciation Church - Elma, NY

 

A Time of Paradox

Today’s Readings: Mark 11:1–10; Isaiah 50:4–7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17–18, 19–20, 23–24 (2a); Philippians 2:6–11; Mark 14:1—15:47. We enter Holy Week with a mix of emotions. Here we face contradiction. In the reading for the Gospel procession, the crowds wave palm branches but in the Passion narrative, Jesus is whipped. We hear of the cries of “hosanna” but also of “crucify him.” We can visualize a donkey being brought for Jesus to ride and also his crowning with thorns. Jesus is honored and then mocked; he rides triumphant and then is led out to be crucified. His disciples dine with him and then betray and deny him.

    In the Suffering Servant depicted in the reading from Isaiah, we can see Jesus in his Passion. Just as did the Servant, Jesus gave his back to those who beat him and did not shield his face from those who spat on him. The reading, too, recalls Jesus, who upon beginning his ministry unfurled the scroll in the temple and read that the Lord has sent him “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:19).

    The reading from Philippians portrays Jesus as the essence of holiness. Though God, Jesus is willing to be humble, to be obedient. Jesus empties himself to do the will of the Father. We, too, are to empty ourselves, to turn over our being to God, to humbly be obedient to his will. Have our Lenten practices taught us this? Will we be able to enter Easter Time resolved to put our trust in God. Will we pray as Jesus does in the Gospel, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible.”

© Liturgy Training Publications. 1-800-933-1800. Written by Michael R. Prendergast. Scripture quotations are from The New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic

  

THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION

 

Here are the words of Mike Killelea, Annunciation parishioner and artist, who painted this painting for our feast day.

“When I was first asked about creating something to celebrate Feast Day, I tried to imagine what the experience of an average Jewish teenager like Mary would have been, and then to capture the image of that moment in a painting.

 

As a 16 year old Semitic girl she would have had dark hair and eyes. When the angel 

first appeared to her she would have had a troubled look on her face. Certainly surprise, very wary, with some fear mixed in. As if her first reaction was “who me? What is this? There must be some mistake”.

 

And I wanted to suggest that for a girl in Nazareth the road going forward might be dark, rough and not without hard work.

 

But with Gabriel’s appearance coming from behind her I also wanted to suggest that there was warmth, brightness and a message of joy and light.” 

 

The Annunciation, as much as or even more so than Christmas, represents Christ's Incarnation. When Mary signaled to Gabriel her acceptance of God's Will, Christ was conceived in her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit. While most of the Fathers of the Church say that Mary's fiat was essential to God's plan of salvation, God foresaw Mary's acceptance of His Will from all eternity.The narrative of the Annunciation testifies powerfully to the truth of the Catholic tradition that Mary was indeed a virgin when Christ was conceived, but also that she intended to remain one perpetually. Mary's response to Gabriel—"How shall this be done, because I know not man?" (Luke 1:34) was universally interpreted by the Fathers of the Church as a statement of the Mary's resolution to remain a virgin forever.

 

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