|The Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1859-1937|
Help me, Lord, to say "yes" to You today, in the remaining days of Lent, and always.
And, because today is a Solemnity, say yes to a big celebration -- bring on the burger! Have some wine! Is there a cake in the house? Mary said yes! Jesus is worth celebrating! I need some deep, dark chocolate.
Note: Sometimes Catholics don't believe this Solemnity-on-a-Friday-lifts-the-Lenten-obligation stuff. "Meat? On a Friday in Lent?" they may ask, with narrowed eyes. "Are you sure?"
Not that you have to eat meat. Personally, I don't care that much about meat -- there are plenty of other things that are tougher sacrifices for me. And plenty that are greater symbols of feasting and celebration. The point is Jesus. Always Jesus. However you celebrate.
Here's a fun collection of links about today's Solemnity at Catholic Culture.