Posted by: frburke23 | March 24, 2014

Thought for March 25 – the Annunciation

Luke 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.’ But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “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 called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

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The Church celebrates the Annunciation on March 25th, nine months before the birth of Christ.  This is the feast in which we celebrate the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary.  We remember how the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and greets her with those wonderful words, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!”  These are the first words in the Catholic prayer the “Hail Mary”.  It is a beautiful scriptural prayer that honors Mary as the Mother of Jesus and leads us into the mystery of the Incarnation.

Mary, of course, was stunned by the news from the angel.  How could she be pregnant if she never had relations with a man?  But she doesn’t hesitate long.  She then surrenders her will to the will of the Father and says the words that have echoed down through the ages…”May it be done to me according to your word.”  This is what we call Mary’s “fiat”, which comes from the Medieval Latin, meaning “let it be done.”

We can learn so much from Mary. Her receptivity is a wonderful example to us. Our world teaches us to take control of our lives and to be driving forces toward our future. Yet Mary, who was full of grace, waited to be receptive to the Lord’s desires for her. This doesn’t mean that we become so passive to the point of inactivity. It means that we listen attentively for the Lord’s voice and then go forward in strength in response to God’s gift of grace.

So often in my life I told God, “Let it be done to me according to MY word.”  I wanted God to bless MY plans.  I was so selfish, and often I can still be selfish.  I realize more and more that when I surrender my will to the will of the Father, things work out much better.

As we spend time today reflecting on Mary’s wonderful example of faith, let us reflect on God’s amazing power and love.  All things are possible with God.  And the more we allow the Lord to be the center of our lives, the more our lives will begin to look like His.  But be prepared for challenges and crosses. As we unite our lives with Jesus, the cross and suffering are sure to follow. A sword would pierce the heart of Mary as she watched her Son be crucified.

But more importantly, when we unite our lives with Jesus, He gives us incomparable joy and peace that no one can take away from us. He will give us the grace to carry any cross, and to do so with joy.

Am I open to God’s will for me?

Do I seek God’s plan for my life or do I want to follow MY plan?

How can I listen better to the voice of God?

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Lucas 1:26-38

El ángel Gabriel fue enviado por Dios a una ciudad de Galilea llamada Nazaret, a una virgen desposada con un hombre llamado José, de la casa de David, y el nombre de la virgen era María. Y viniendo a ella, le dijo, “¡Dios te salve, llena de gracia! El Señor está contigo”. Pero ella se turbó por lo que se dijo y se preguntaba qué clase de saludo sería éste. Luego el ángel le dijo: “No tengas miedo, María, porque has encontrado la gracia con Dios. He aquí, concebirás en tu vientre y darás a luz un hijo, y tú le pondrás por nombre Jesús. Él será grande y será llamado Hijo del Altísimo; y el Señor Dios le dará el trono de David, su padre, y reinará sobre la casa de Jacob para siempre, y su Reino no tendrá fin.” Pero María le dijo al ángel: “¿Cómo puede ser esto, ya que no tengo relaciones con un hombre?” Y el ángel le dijo en respuesta, “El Espíritu Santo vendrá sobre ti, y el poder del Altísimo te cubrirá con su sombra. Por lo tanto, el niño que va a nacer será llamado santo, el Hijo de Dios. Y he aquí, Isabel, tu pariente, también ha concebido un hijo en su vejez, y este es el sexto mes para ella, que llamaban estéril; porque nada será imposible para Dios”. María dijo, “He aquí, yo soy la sierva del Señor. Hágase en mí según tu palabra”. Y el ángel partió de ella.

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La Iglesia celebra la Anunciación en Marzo 25, nueve meses antes del nacimiento de Cristo. Esta es la fiesta en la que celebramos la concepción de Jesús en el vientre de María. Recordamos cómo el ángel Gabriel se le apareció a María y la saluda con estas palabras maravillosas: “¡Dios te salve, llena de gracia, el Señor está contigo!” Estas son las primeras palabras en la oración católica del “Ave María”. Es una hermosa oración bíblica que honra a María como la Madre de Jesús y nos lleva en el misterio de la Encarnación.

María, por supuesto, se sorprendió por la noticia del ángel. ¿Cómo podía estar embarazada si ella nunca tuvo relaciones con un hombre? Pero ella no lo duda mucho tiempo. Ella entonces entrega su voluntad a la voluntad del Padre, y dice las palabras que han hecho eco a través de los siglos… “hágase en mí según tu palabra.” Esto es lo que llamamos el “fíat” de María, que viene del latín medieval, que significa “hágase”.

Podemos aprender mucho de María. Su receptividad es un maravilloso ejemplo para nosotros. Nuestro mundo nos enseña a tomar el control de nuestras vidas y ser impulsores hacia nuestro futuro. Sin embargo, María, quien estaba llena de gracia, esperó a ser receptiva a los deseos del Señor para ella. Esto no significa que seamos tan pasivos hasta el punto de inactividad. Significa que escuchemos con atención la voz del Señor y luego avancemos en la fuerza en respuesta al don de la gracia de Dios.

Muy a menudo en mi vida le dije a Dios, “Hágase en mí según MI palabra.” Yo quería que Dios bendiga MIS planes. Era muy egoísta, y a menudo todavía puedo ser egoísta. Me doy cuenta cada vez más de que cuando entrego mi voluntad a la voluntad del Padre, las cosas funcionan mucho mejor.

A medida que pasamos tiempo hoy reflexionando sobre el ejemplo maravilloso de fe de María, vamos a reflexionar sobre el maravilloso poder y amor de Dios. Todas las cosas son posibles con Dios. Y cuanto más permitimos que el Señor sea el centro de nuestras vidas, cuanto más nuestras vidas comenzarán a parecerse a la Suya. Pero estén preparados para los retos y cruces. A medida que unimos nuestras vidas con Jesús, la cruz y el sufrimiento están seguros de seguir. Una espada atravesaría el corazón de María mientras veía a su Hijo ser crucificado.

Pero lo más importante, cuando unimos nuestras vidas con Jesús, Él nos da alegría y paz incomparable que nadie nos puede quitar. Él nos dará la gracia para cargar cualquier cruz, y hacerlo con alegría.

¿Estoy abierto a la voluntad de Dios para mí? ¿Busco el plan de Dios para mi vida o quiero seguir MI plan? ¿Cómo puedo escuchar mejor a la voz de Dios?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


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    >________________________________ > From: Fr. Burke Masters >To: joansolms@att.net >Sent: Monday, March 24, 2014 10:36 PM >Subject: [New post] Thought for March 25 – the Annunciation > > > > WordPress.com >frburke23 posted: “Luke 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with y” >

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