To Annunciate

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.

 
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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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