“The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.” (Luke 1:26-27)
Upon arriving in Nazareth, we were given the opportunity to visit the place where the Word of God became flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary and the home/workshop where Jesus, Mary and Joseph once lived. Above the ruins of the house where Mary conceived the Only Begotten Son of God by the Holy Spirit is built the Basilica of the Annunciation which is both a place for pilgrims to pray and worship within and where the local Catholic Christians of Nazareth gather for Mass. It was upon the main altar of this basilica that Fr. Jerome and myself offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
In this holy place we were able to meditate on the mystery of the Incarnation and how Jesus’ willingness to take on our humanity and “get into our skin” has a profound impact on how we live out our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.
“And the Word was made flesh” (John 1:14) [audio https://swordsoftruth.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/nazareth.mp3] No PDF Version
Our faith is profoundly and radically incarnational. It is in falling in love with this reality of who we are as sons and daughters of God, called to participate in Christ in all things, that we discover our vocations as being a means to our salvation in and through Christ and His Church.
Fr. Nathan Siray