An Announcement … Monday, June 24

Pope Pius XII called Pastor Angelicus, was the...

Pope Pius XII called Pastor Angelicus, was the most Marian Pope in Church history. He made the world aware of the Annunciation in a personal way.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. “The Virgin Mary utters that generous word, “be it done”…Immediately the Heart of Jesus, ever to be adored, has begun to pulsate with love, divine and human” Pope Pius XII, On Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 63. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. You know, when you think about it, the entire Bible and all of our precious Catholic Faith is, from beginning to end, one Grand Annunciation. It’s all about the coming of Jesus and the announcing of that coming. The first coming, the second coming, what precedes these, and the personal coming. Your “personal” and my “personal”. Jesus came to Adam and Eve, when God walked with them in the Garden, in a personal way, Genesis 3:8. When the three Hebrew children were cast into the fiery furnace the onlookers saw “the son of man” there in the fire with them, and for those three men that was very personal,Daniel 3:25. And He came to Mary in a very personal way, didn’t He? He does the same for us in Communion, doesn’t He? The Annunciation is more than “Here He is!” It’s “Here I am, with you.”

Today …

St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism “for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand”. He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him, and here is yet another “personal “annunciation”, John recognized Him as the Messiah and baptized Him, saying, “It is I who need baptism from You”. When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley. Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Perea and Galilee, had him arrested and imprisoned at Machaerus Fortress on the Dead Sea when John denounced his adulterous and incestuous marriage with Herodias, wife of his half brother Philip. John was beheaded at the request of Salome, daughter of Herodias, who asked for his head at the instigation of her mother. John inspired many of his followers to follow Jesus, giving them their own “personal” annunciation, when he designated Him “the Lamb of God“. Among them was Andrew and John, who came to know Christ through John’s preaching. John is presented in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the precursor of the Messiah. His feast day is June 24th and the feast for his beheading is August 29th.

Synonym … “Annunciation” equals “evangelization”. ” …  behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” Matthew 28:20b.

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  1. That was so beautifully said..I never thought of it like that.

    • Thank you. 🙂


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