FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Monday of Lent, March 25, 2019
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
WORD of the DAY
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you. Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1: 26-27/38)
How shall I live this Word?
“The Lord is with you ”. God, the ALL-Present, meets Mary, greets her, reveals her profound identity: “Full of God – the Beloved” and awaits an answer, God waits for Mary to choose to turn her heart or to the views of God , or towards her views. Waits for her to choose herself as the criterion of discernment or trust the words of God. And Mary chooses: “let it be done to me according to your word”! Every moment is a moment of choice, of response; every moment is a moment of calling that asks us to choose God or ourselves. By choosing God, Mary adheres to the most profound truth of her being: she feels herself as a ‘servant’ and as such presents herself, free and unpretentious, before her Lord.
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord: let it be done to me according to your word!”
THE VOICE OF Pope Francis – Angelus December 8, 2016
“Mary responds to God’s proposal by saying: “Here is the handmaid of the Lord “(v. 38). She does not say:” Well, this time I will do God’s will, I’ll make myself available, then I will see … ” No. Hers is a full, total yes, for her whole life, without conditions. And as the ‘no’ of the origins had closed the passage of humans to God, so the ‘yes’ of Mary opened the way to God among us.”
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA