As Sr. Fidelis pointed out in Monday’s blog, the Annunciation feast was moved on the calendar this year. It stuck out to me that while still celebrating the risen Christ in Eastertide, we simultaneously take time to celebrate the promise of him coming – again. The word “annunciation” means an announcement, and the dictionary specifically states that the word “Annunciation” is referring to Gabriel’s announcement. If we take the verb form of the word, to “annunciate,” the word is defined as, “to proclaim.”
Many days I struggle like Thomas, like so many others, to proclaim Jesus when I can’t see him. A mentor once told me, “Some days, you need to set your will by simply saying, Okay Lord, I don’t see you today, but in faith I commit (or I annunciate) that you are real today, in this time and place.”
It may change tomorrow, but for today’s journey (a small chunk of time seems more manageable!), I will annunciate forward, actively, trusting you to keep me in your care.