Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Here am I..." on the Feast of the Annunciation

Today is a really special day for anyone discerning their vocation in life...It's the Feast of the Annunciation.
On this day we reflect on Mary's 'yes' to God. Read the account of the annunciation from the Gospel of St Luke. Read it slowly...

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you." But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.  He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."  Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"  The angel said to her, "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 holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her."
Pay attention to Mary's emotions and responses. She's perplexed. Sound familiar? Many folk who are discerning a vocation  talk about the difficulty they have in understanding the enormity (and beauty) of God's call. Mary 'ponders' all of this.Today, let's stop and ponder...

On Friday evening in Dublin I'll be running another Soul Food session. It's a relaxed evening of information, prayer and food for men interested in learning more about a religious vocation. We'll kick off at 6.15pm. Read more about it on our website...www.PresentationBrothers.org
If you'd like to come e-mail me at vocation@PresentationBrothers.org

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