SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION

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...

Third Thursday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 20, 2018 Third Thursday of Advent  WORD of the DAY   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”.    (Luke  1: 34-35)   How shall I live this Word? Mary is one of us.  She is disturbed at the beginning of the annunciation but the angel’s words reassure her: “Fear not!”  However, given the unusual communication, the Virgin needs to know how this promise waited for over the centuries will happen.  Contrary to the incredulous Zachariah, she does not ask how this can be possible, since God knows how to accomplish the impossible in human history.  She only wants to understand how it will happen.  God overshadows her to be able to show Himself to the eyes of Mary, to our eyes.  The Spirit becomes dark in order to adapt Himself to the possibility of our vision.  Today in silence, I will invoke...