SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION
Brendan Johnson, Campus Ministry Associate
"And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace one! The Lord is with you."
“The Lord is with you.” These are the words that Gabriel says to Mary when he greets her. I’ve been in awe of these words because the Lord is with her even before Emmanuel, “God with us,” is conceived in her womb. The Father was present to Mary before, during, and after she gave her “fiat,” her “let it be.” What a great comfort! Mary didn’t have to decide alone, or without preparation. The Father was with His daughter, loving her and caring for her so she would have the strength to be the Mother of God when the time came.
Just like our mother Mary, we are bombarded with decisions that have to be made. Some looming on the horizon, some distant from our minds and worries. But they are there and I know I’ve found myself lost in indecision. What should I do? Will I do the right thing? Did I do the right thing? I don’t always know. But I do know the Lord, the Father, is with me. He loves me, and cares for me, and has prepared me for the present moment. The Father loves you, and cares for you, and has prepared you for the present moment.
The Father is with us, even before we make the decision to follow what He asks of us, and prepared for us. He prepares us and cares for us so that we can accept what He has prepared. Be with Him, because the Father is with you, and desires to be closer to you. If we let Him in He can prepare us even more for the joy He has planned.
The Lord is with you.
Father, You are with me, be closer to me and help me to let You into my life daily so I can welcome You in everything You have prepared for me. Amen.
Is 7: 10-14, 8: 10, Ps 40: 7-11; Lk 1: 26-38