Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, Day 2 of Lent

Today's Reading: Luke 1:26-80

The Annunciation by Pietro Perugino
circa 1489 from Wiki commons
There's a lot going on in over fifty verses of today's reading.  As you consider what stands out for you, we have some important scenes including the Annunciation, the Magnificat and Zechariah's prophecy.  

I like the painting to the right in that the angel Gabriel is presenting her with white lilies representing her purity.  We also see the Holy Spirit descending upon Mary like a dove which reminds us of the baptism of Jesus later in the Gospel.

I've always liked Sting's version of the song, Gabriel's Message which you can check out for yourself here:

I like how we end with Zechariah's prophecy in verses 78-79: 

Because of our God’s deep compassion,
    the dawn from heaven will break upon us,
79     to give light to those who are sitting in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
        to guide us on the path of peace.”

Important words for the second day of Lent, don't you think?

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