Friday, March 25, 2011

God's Announcement

Today's celebration of the annunciation of the Lord highlights the wonderful event during which the angel proclaimed a special announcement from God to Mary. This announcement, that she was chosen to be the mother of His Son, was not a command. It was really more of a request, a revelation of His will for Mary, and one to which she acceded. In all of human history, this was undoubtedly the most important announcement made to any single individual. But is is certainly not the only "annunciation". In fact, every day God tries to announce to us His intentions, His will for us. The problem is that we think that, unless there is an angel who appears to us, it does not happen. Not true! Angels as messengers were the means that God chose to use to deliver His messages, make announcements to people prior to the coming of Christ. Shortly after the life, death and resurrection of the Lord, angels were  no longer necessary. The Lord's own words and example became the means by which God would communicate with us.
And that is still the case. This is the reason why we need to become more and more familiar with the teachings and example of Christ. Sacred Scripture, then, is crucial to hearing and understanding  the daily "annunciations" that are meant for us. In every situation, every encounter, every  decision we have to make, God tries to reveal His will for us. In order to attune ourselves to this voice of God, we need to examine the words and actin of the Lord to see if we can more clearly understand God's will. Just asking the question "What does God want me to do?" can help us become more aware of and open to doing what is right, what is best, what God wants.
As we continue  to celebrate the Annunciation of God's will to Mary, let's also try and see what announcement God is trying to make to us.

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