Thursday of Fifth Week of Lent
March 25, 2021
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
The Lord Is with You
Nine months later (December 25) we will celebrate Christmas. Today we celebrate the Annunciation of the Lord Jesus in the womb of Mary. He is like a seed planted in the good soil of the love and care of Mother Mary. In other words, God and Mary become one.
“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” This greeting is no longer a greeting or a wish from the Archangel Gabriel. It is a reality. God is with(in) Mary. We should be joyful and grateful for the initial love of God for our humanity today. And we thank God for the openness and courage of Mary who said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
When/how can we have God with(in) us? – When we do the Will of God, God is with us. It is like when you love someone, you want to do everything to make sure s/he is healthy, happy and holy. You submit your will to her/his will, including dying for that person.
“What is the Will of God?” you might ask. The Will of God is my will minus (-) my ego. The Will of God is to receive God’s Grace, to share God’s Grace, and to love others as yourself. God’s Will is for us to be great. Mary and Joseph did it. All saints did it. We are called to do the same. When we have the “be-attitude” of Mary, we have God with us. When God is with us, we have no fear. God says, “(Your Name), the Lord be with you” (3 times in Mass).
Question: Is it easy for you to do the Will of God everyday?