Last night Tyce, who loves to cross the days off of his personal calendar every night, comes breathlessly up to Gil and I last night in his PJ's and asks, "Dad, what's anos... anun... an... I'm not sure how to say it but tomorrow its this Day."
"No. I think it was something else."
"Go check, buddy and come back." Patter, patter, patter...
Breathlessly back: "Yeah--Annunciation Day."
"I'm not positive buddy but I think its the celebration of the angel's announcement to Mary that she would have Jesus in her belly. Its 9 months before Christmas."
And in fact, that is what Annunciation Day is all about. It celebrates the announcement by Gabriel and occurrence of the most radical, incredible miracle God has ever performed--the Incarnation. God becoming man. 100% God, 100% man, in a single zygote developing in the womb of a poor, engaged, teenage Jewish girl from Northern Palestine 20 centuries ago.
What an incredible and overlooked historic Church Holy day. I'm all about Annunciation Day today. Its the Incarnation, baby! Thanking God that he was, "like us in every way yet without sin." Mmmmmm. That's something to spend a long time pondering.