The Episcopal Church and the ELCA continue our united call to Pray, Fast, and Act in support of policies and programs that provide opportunities for and respect the dignity of all people. This month, our focus is on economic opportunity initiatives.
Tomorrow, April 9, marks the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation. This year, because the feast occurred during Holy Week, it was transferred from the customary date of March 25. The feast, dated nine months before the celebration of Christmas Day, commemorates the visitation of the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel. During the visit, recounted in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel, the angel greets Mary and announces that she will be the mother of Jesus. Mary assents in faith to God’s invitation.
The truth is the message of Jesus was unsettling to the world then as it is unsettling to the world now. And yet that very message is the only source of hope in life for the way of the cross, the way of unselfish living, the way of sacrificial living, seeking the good, the welfare of the other before one’s own unenlightened self-interest. That way of the cross is the way of love. That is the nature of love. And that way is the only hope for the entire human family.