FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fourth Wednesday of LENT
SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF JESUS
March 25, 2020
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. But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” 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: 26-27/34-38)
How shall I live this Word?
“Nothing will be impossible for God!” The strength of God’s creative power has no limits. God creates as at the beginning. Humans created on the ‘sixth day’ find their fulfillment in the new man who asks to be conceived in the ‘sixth month’ to re-create the work of Genesis. Like Mary, we too are asked to listen to the Word, trust this Word, and collaborate.
Then Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.” Mary trusts and collaborates, “May it be done to me according to your word.”
Behold the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to Your Word. Convert me to You Lord, I am in Your hands!
The voice of Pope Francis Mass in Monza Park, 25 March 2017
“Nothing will be impossible for God!” (Lk 1:37). Mary’s response to the Angel ends this way. When we think that everything depends exclusively on us, we remain the prisoners of our capacities, of our strength, of our myopic horizons. Instead, when we are ready to let ourselves be helped, to be advised; when we open ourselves to grace, it seems that the impossible begins to become reality.
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