Take a look at this picture and reflect on the following:
The Annunciation was painted by the Italian Renaissance painter Fra Filippo Lippi in the mid-fifteenth century. It pictures two kneeling figures opposite one another. Mary, on the right, is holding a book, symbolizing the Word of God becoming flesh. Gabriel is holding a lily symbolizing purity.
- Take in the painting. Notice the structure, placement of people and objects, the use of light and shadow.
- What catches your attention?
- What thoughts and emotions does this image invoke within you?
- Read Luke 1:26-38.
- Think about when you have felt the presence of God in your life.
Copied from “Meditation on the Birth of Jesus” by Mirian Dixon & Margaret Campbell published by Renovare