Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The Gospel of the day is the story of the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-35.
What is most haunting about the story of the Annunciation is not what's said but what isn't.
No where, no when, no time of day, no picture for the eye to hold .
No introductions, no preliminaries except to calm her fears so she could hear. No warning of the earthquake.
No question except her "how?" No "will you?", though the question quivers in the air between them.
No explanations on either side, really. Just three stark statements: "You will conceive." "Yes." "The Holy Spirit will come."
No talk at all about what followed, about that moment when Word and flesh met and melded, shielded in unfathomable silence.
But nothing would ever be the same again.
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