The Feast of the Annunciation and Good Friday

March 25 is the traditional day for celebrating The Feast of the Annunciation, the most pro-life celebration of the Christian calendar. The day that celebrates God becoming man and dwelling among us, not as an adult like Adam, but as the rest of humanity he was conceived as a one celled being who is both fully God and fully man. It is the story of Mary saying yes to both God and life. Jesus summed it up in these words: ““I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11)

The Western Church also commemorates Good Friday today. When Jesus was crucified his death fulfills and completes his purpose for his coming to us on the Annunciation. “It is Finished” (John 19:30) he says from the cross, but it all started with Jesus coming to us as a single celled human being, him becoming Incarnate man.

Today as you reflect on his death on the Cross also take a moment to think about the Annunciation and about how Jesus came to us not only as a little child, but as the smallest of human beings, a one celled child.