Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quick Annunciation Post

Sorry for the silence today. I'm wading through the testimony at yesterday's Senate hearing on the nomination of Melanne Verveer to be Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues. I'll have a post on that later today.

The painting above is Fra Lippo Lippi's Annunciation. I had the opportunity, quite by accident, to see it in person (caution - name dropping coming on). When Archbishop Levada (my former boss) was raised to Cardinal in Rome, a dinner party was thrown in his honor at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. In the room where drinks were served before dinner, this painting hung near the entrance. What the photo here doesn't capture is how very bright the painting is. It stood out in a dark room crowded with other magnificent pieces, including a typically dark Caravaggio. The evening was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be so close to the events surrounding a Consistory - Yet the surprising encounter with this beautiful painting was the finest thing about it. And on the theme, Bill May from Catholics for the Common Good reflects today:
While we focus on the Incarnation at Christmas time, it is important to remind people that at the moment of the Annunciation and Mary's “YES”, the Word actually became flesh. God intervened in history at this moment with the event that changed the world.

The incarnation took place at the moment of conception in Mary's womb – the zygote, the embryo – true God and true man – growing and developing in the continuum of life that is common to all.

Let us give thanks and praise for the miracle of the Incarnation.

Happy Incarnation Day!

May the Peace and Joy of the Incarnation fill hearts around the world.