Posted by: livingscripture | March 25, 2011

Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

From the Word of the Day 

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

                            Luke 1: 3                                                                       

How should we live this Word 

Today’s Gospel speaks of a decisive moment that initiates an extraordinary reality.  It is the marriage between God and humanity.  Mary’s yes, so full of love, did not only fill her with the Holy Spirit, making her Jesus’ mother, it made it possible for all of humanity to be God’s spouse.  God awaits only our ‘yes’ in order to dwell in us, in the power of the Holy Spirit.  This same Spirit hovered over the primordial waters and now embraces Mary, the ark of the new covenant.  This Spirit embraces us when we open ourselves to Him in the humility of our heart as we pray with faith and seek to live according to His will.  The Holy Spirit overshadows us as well, allowing us to encounter God, because without His intervention, we would not be able to bear God’s brightness. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will rejoice with Mary for her divine maternity. In the light of her ‘yes’ I will reflect on my openness Jesus/God within me.  It is a mysterious and ineffable joy, as well as a great responsibility toward the Most High and my sisters and brothers on the journey.                                                                                                      

My God, how much love for us this feast expresses!  The young virgin becomes the privileged place of the Incarnation of Your beloved Son!  You take up Your dwelling in our midst, You who are our Creator and Savior!  Most Holy Spirit, grant that I may be worthier of this great grace, of this great happiness so that the living God may dwell in me! 

The voice of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Pastor

The human race does not exist for God, only the individual person.  The Lord tells us this through the warmth of Mary’s maternity.  We can say that the solicitude and the tenderness proper to love in Christianity are unveiled in the feminine presence of Mary.

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