Saturday 25 March 2017
Sat 25th. The Annunciation Of The Lord. Is 7:10-14, 8:10c; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38.
‘I am the handmaid of the Lord … let what you have said be done to me.’ Luke 1:38
Today is the feast of the Annunciation, when Mary of Nazareth receives an astonishing invitation. She listens, she asks questions, she ponders, and she oh so bravely says ‘YES’. Mary is open to the Holy Spirit. She lets God work in her. Simeon soon enough tells her that a sword will pierce her heart, and indeed she suffers the worst pain possible: the crucifixion of her son. A sword is piercing my heart too. The closer I get to God, and the closer God gets to me, the more evident my fragility becomes. The point of Lent and the point of the passion is that God’s love transcends human fragility. The fact of the matter, however, is that the closer I get to God, the more angry I am that my beloved must die. I see that this is the anger of human fragility and not understanding that my small love is held in God’s unbounded love. Mary seems to have understood this deep truth right from the outset. Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now.