Third Friday of Lent
Today is the mighty feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. I use the word “mighty” because everything about this story is mighty and powerful and mind-blowing. Mary herself uses the word “mighty” when she is singing God’s praises before her cousin Elizabeth at what has happened to her and at what God has done. The Gospel accounts the moment when the young teenage Mary is visited by a mighty angel (just imagine!) and discovers that she will be the Mother of God.
I have often wondered what was going through Mary’s mind at this supernatural visitation from on high. It’s not every day an angel from Heaven breaks through into everyday life and speaks to humans. Rather than let fear overcome her, Mary is filled with the realisation that she is caught up in the most magnificent God-drama in the history of the universe. Into the great dramatic story of salvation, Mary a young Jewish girl is given a central role. Her willingness to play her part is crucial for the fulfillment of God’s plan for the world.
How often in life we are caught up in the confusing Me-drama that puts our own concerns and priorities above God’s. Invariably, this takes us around in circles and creates a fog of disorientation and confusion, ultimately leading to sin and despair.
When we realise, like Mary, we too have a significant role to play in the marvelous God-drama we can place him at the centre of our lives and gladly play our part.
Lord our God, from the beginning of time you knew that I would exist, and you loved me into being. Help me to see that I was created to live for you and play a special part in your plan of salvation for the world. Amen.
DOJ Sydney South
1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8.10d
2nd Reading: Hebrews 10:4-10
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38