12/08/2010 02:22 pm ET Updated 6 days ago

The Annunciation of Surprises (VIDEO)

Typically, when thinking of the Annunciation, Mary is considered the astonished one. In the Gospel of Luke, she asks how is it possible that she can is the mother of God if she is a virgin. This is true in our own lives, when we feel that God is asking us to do something unfamiliar and we ask, "How can this be?" But it's not just Mary who was surprised. Even the angels were taken aback by God's request.

The following new video meditation on the Annunciation, the God of Surprises and a couple beautiful works of art from the Basilica of San Marco in Venice, Italy originally appeared on the website of America Magazine, the national Catholic weekly.

Happy Advent!