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Wednesday, March 25, 1998

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The Annunciation

Isaiah 7:10-14
Hebrews 10:4-10
Psalm 40
Luke 1:26-38

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"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God." —Luke 1:35

The Word became flesh! God became incarnate in the womb of Mary! God became incarnate in the Church, the body of Christ! God became incarnate in the Eucharist, the body and the blood of Christ!

The Lord wants the Incarnation to extend from the womb of Mary to the ends of the earth. After Mary received the incarnate Word, she took Him to her cousin Elizabeth and her baby, John. Then Jesus became flesh for Elizabeth and her baby (Lk 1:39ff). Later, Jesus became flesh for Elizabeth's husband, Zechariah, as he was freed from being dumb (Lk 1:64).

Is Jesus incarnate in your family, relatives, business, neighborhood, school, hospital, political party, sports team, news­paper, TV station, etc.? Has Jesus become flesh in every aspect of your life? Are you a walking tabernacle taking the incarnate Jesus to every person, place, and activity in your life? Jesus entered this world to be the Center of every aspect of human existence. Jesus wants to be the flesh and blood, the heart and soul of all life. Like Mary, do a visitation to apply the Incarnation until God is all in all (see 1 Cor 15:28).

Prayer:  Jesus, be the Lord of all.

Promise:  "I am the slave of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to Your word." —Lk 1:38, our transl.

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Word made flesh (Jn 1:14), God-Man!

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997