March 25, 2019 – The Annunciation of the Lord

by: Erin Mangin

Opening Prayer

Clear our minds of everything around us so we can truly be present to Your word, open our hearts so we can treasure what you tell us.
Reading: The Gospel Reading according to Saint Luke ( Luke 1:26-38)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “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 holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; And this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me
according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Reflection

“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” such a beautiful statement, such a beautiful scene. Mary, humble young lady getting a surprise visit from an angel, asking her to become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. Is she questioning how she would explain all this to Joseph who she is supposed to marry,
will he believe her, will he leave her to be killed because she is unwed and pregnant? Those would be questions going through my mind. But not Mary, in her humble spirit she accepts this with perfect trust.

Where is our trust at? Where is our faith at? Would we be ready to accept whatever the Lord asks of us with that same trust? Everyday we have to wake up and accept that we are not in control of our lives and that God is, if we can accept that then there will be peace in our hearts and strength enough to face each day with less anxiety and more joy.

 

Meditation

Take a moment to look into your heart. What is one thing you can change to strengthen your faith life. Is there someone in your life that has lost their faith? Offer up a prayer for this person.

What does complete trust in God look like to you?

Are you prepared to say your “yes” with complete conviction?

Take a moment to put yourself in that little room during that powerful moment where the angel came, embrace the spirit of the moment and ask God to be with you more fully in your life.
Closing Prayer

We pray…
-for more trust in God in our lives
-for those who have left their faith and need to be guided back
-for the gift of humility that we may take Mary as an example of what we should strive for in our lives.
-For all the unwanted children of the world, we pray hearts may be changed.
-for all families expecting a child or wanting a child. That Mary be near them to walk with them and support them throughout it all.

Amen.

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