THE WORD MADE FLESH

Day 20: A RISKY HOME VISIT OF THE ANGEL GABRIEL

“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”

When I worked with high school students in Chicago two years ago, I needed to visit students’ homes. My students already warned me, “Don’t come to my house because my mother won’t  welcome you.” Another student said, “Don’t come to my neighborhood. It’s not safe for you. Period.” They wanted me to be safe and they did not want me to waste my time.

I can feel for the Angel Gabriel who “was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph…” This will be a risky home visit. Why? not because of violence or shooting, but because Mary and Joseph were already engaged. It’s an almost impossible mission for me. How do you know they would say yes to your invitation? Gabriel could not be”welcomed” in their home. His message could be considered “too good to be true.”

After a few minutes of dialogue and explanation from both sides, Mary moved from feeling “troubled” to “how can this be” to “Behold, … may it be done to me according to your word.” She submitted her will to the will of God. How sweet!

Wow! Thank God! And Thank you, Mary! “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”

Reflection question: How often did you play the role of Gabriel (the sent) in your life? Will you be open to being sent (again) to announce God’s good news to others? If you were in Mary’s situation, what would you do?