The Gospel today gives us the beautiful image of the Annunciation where the angel Gabriel was sent by God to Mary, to ask her to be the mother of Jesus. It is a beautiful image of Mary being in conversation with the angel, and saying yes to doing God’s Will. It is an image painted by many famous artists, an image very familiar to us. But, the Annunciation was not a static painting. At the time, it must have been terrifying.
Mary is a young girl, probably a teenager. She is not educated or very sophisticated. She is alone and suddenly, this apparition, an angel appears. It must have been terrifying. Then the angel not only speaks but says that God is asking this young girl to be the mother of a child who will be a King, ruling on the throne of David forever. The child shall be conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Place yourself in her place. How terrifying would all of this be to you? Yet, she took it all in and could say; “May it be done unto me according to your word”. It is a powerful story of a young girl of great strength, courage and faith. And because of these qualities she could accept the will of God in her life.
How strong are we, how much courage, how powerful is our faith when we feel we have been asked to accept a burden in life? Do we feel overwhelmed, do we feel alone, that God asks too much of us? Do we resent it and crumble under the weight of life at times?
This Advent Seasons is a time to reflect on our relationship with God. It is not a penitential season, but one of deepening our life in faith, prayer and relationship to God. If we accept and live this Advent Season than we, like Mary, might be able to accept the difficult things we find in life, realizing we will never be alone.
Rev. Anthony Burrascano, OSA
Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus – an arrival or a coming. In the context of the season, Advent means that the Lord is coming. Read more of the Advent introduction...
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