Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

 

If I had a visit from an angel with news of the kind that Mary received I would be shell shocked, baffled, in tears.

How would it be for you?

The message that Mary received, even for her, was extra ordinary. To-day we recall that moment in the drama of our salvation. It is a most holy, though a very mysterious event – the Annunciation of the Lord coming to be present among people. This feast day reveals how God took the initiative and reminds us that God always takes the initiative, ‘to love us first’. This is much more than we can grasp. God is intervening in history through the birth of a child, coming in to the world, sharing in our humanity and growing to maturity.  Within and through all of this the growth that comes is given by God.

Saint Paul writing to the Corinthians says ‘I planted, someone else watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God gives the growth.’

God asked a lot of Mary, in fact everything, her life, herself, her reputation. At the same time she was offered everything. God asks everything of us but in return gives us everything – every grace, every blessing. The work of the Holy Spirit is to help us to revere the living memory of the church and these special, extraordinary moments of salvation.

In giving praise and thanks we receive inner gifts. Strength, conviction, the spirit of joy, patience, power, which surrounds and envelops us. This is what helps us go on from day to day.

Now we take the time to remember the work and wonder of God in our lives and the truths of our faith.

With Mary we pray
Mary you listen, you wait in silence upon God,
Emptying yourself to be filled by his Word.
To say yes to God’s Word become man.
The servant of God is the mother of man.
Mary please help us to wait in silence.
Emptying ourselves to be filled with God’s word,
To say yes to God’s word become in us.
The Mother of God is the servant of all.

Our thanks to Fr Peter McAnenly, Administrator of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh for forwarding this Reflection to us.