Without a doubt, you have been noticing the presence of Ossawa Tanner’s 1898 painting of the Annunciation around our parish campus. The image is also included on the stewardship renewal form. The Annunciation is one of the most depicted religious images in the Catholic Church. The event and its depiction in art are extremely important: this was the moment that salvation entered the world, God became Man.
Notice Mary’s posture of joy and fear in Tanner’s painting. She quietly receives, discerns and responds to God’s invitation. Mary’s experience in the Annunciation is a fantastic model for the stewarding of our own gifts as we complete this stewardship renewal form. God initiates and we receive, discern and respond.
Where is God calling you to generously respond as you steward your gifts of time, talent and treasure for the furthering of the mission of the Church at Blessed Sacrament Parish?
Ad majorem Dei gloriam,
Fr. John F. Jirak, Pastor