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Your weekly Journey of Faith reflection
Father Raymond Finch

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, 'Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!' But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.'"​

Luke 1:26-33
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Suspended disbelief is a willingness to let go of what we think we know and believe instead in the unexpected and what is beyond us.
Isn't that what we're asked to do regarding the virgin birth? Even greater is the miracle of the incarnation as a result of that birth, the appearance of the One who was both human and divine.

Our Blessed Mother's "yes" brought new life into our world, but it cost her. She risked it all by answering "May it be to me as you have said": ridicule by her contemporaries; near abandonment by her betrothed; and a destiny of watching her son suffer and die. God's invitation always brings new possibilities and new life, but it also requires a willingness to let go of what we have to cultivate that new life.

Our faith only grows when we utter that "yes" and suspend our disbelief by trusting God's invitation. In our modern scientific world, the ideas of God and a virgin birth are difficult and for many unacceptable. It wasn't any easier to believe in the first century, but Dr. Luke confirms that the Son of God entered the world to give His life that we all might have life.

Prayer for Annunciation​

With Mary I ponder Your Word, O Lord,
and tremble more with awe than fear
before holy Gabriel's greeting.

Who am I that the Lord our God
should deign to come to me
in Spirit and in truth?

Hail, then, Blessed Virgin of Nazareth,
whose "Yes" transformed
not only yourself
but all humanity
all the Earth
indeed, all the universe
into the living Tabernacle
of God's Incarnate Word.


~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, as you celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, think about how Mary was asked to put aside what she thought she knew to believe that she would be a conduit for God's love. Poor and female in a patriarchal society that regarded wealth as favor, she accepted the Lord's invitation to serve Him, proving that miraculous things happen when we allow the Holy Spirit to enter our lives.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.