Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Gabriel was bringing to Mary the most precious bit of news ever
delivered into our world. A new dawn was approaching. The long-sought
Messiah was to be conceived, indeed, a far greater Messiah:

But the messenger who speaks to Mary brings tidings not only of joy but
also of pain. Without hesitation Mary responds “yes” to the Messenger.
Her words of acceptance echo the words the Letter to the Hebrews puts
on the lips of her son when…

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