Advent Reflection -- December 21
…And the angel came to her and said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.
“The Annunciation” is a ponderous and stately term to announce God’s entrance into the world in a very special way. The Advent days are passing so quickly now. Is all the planning enough? The deadlines are approaching. Do you have all the necessary items from the markets? The need for preparation! And the time! Oh, the time! Mary and Joseph most likely are on that tedious, tiresome road from Nazareth down through Galilee to the village of Bethlehem. The time has come, and the taxes, then as now, must be paid.