The Annunciation 2012

When I wrote about this feast last year (see here), I mentioned that it reminds us youth can do great things for God. More than that, I think this lovely feast tells us that our dreams and ambitions are all too little for God. He called Mary to be theotokos, God-bearer, in the fullest sense. Just think for a moment what that must have meant to her, a young Jewish girl with the ordinary expectations of her place and time. What an upset of all her plans and expectations!

God calls each one of us to be something special. Often we are so conscious of our ordinariness, and rightly so (heaven spare us the person who thinks (s)he’s special!), that we overlook or undervalue the unique grace he has given us. For those of us who live in monasteries, our only talent may be that of living the monastic life, but it is for us the essential talent, the one that endows us with grace to respond to our vocation, to be what God desires us to be. As we give thanks for Mary’s acceptance of what God asked of her, let us pray for ourselves, that we may be equally generous and fearless in accepting what is asked of us.

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4 thoughts on “The Annunciation 2012”

  1. It occurs to me that, for each of us, learning how to respond to our own vocation we too are called to be theotokos – in our witness to the world of God. How humbling and yet, at the same time, truly enormous that task is. I pray that we may have the grace to reply accordingly.

  2. I agree with all you each say but without St Joseph, Mary’s future may have been very difficult.
    This Jew would have been so despondent at her news. Even with the voice of God in his ear he must have had serious questions.
    The answer of course we know.

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