By Fr. Andrew Torma, MSC
The Annunciation of the Lord
“The moon borrows the light from the sun. Whatever beauty it possesses, it has through the gift of its borrowed splendor.” Fr Adam of Perseigne, 1221, Abbot
“Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.” Luke 1: 26-38
Today, on the Liturgical calendar of the Church, is the feast of the Annunciation of the Birth of the Lord Jesus, the origins of the Incarnation of the Word of God. This is the blast of light into the darkness of the human world. The light of the Word of God shared with the Hebrews for centuries has now been announced as available to all women and men throughout the world for all times. This is a splendid revelation for which all humans are now invited to participate, if we choose to participate.
Mary was invited by the Angel and she said yes. Through the gift of baptism, we are invited, and we said yes. Now in this Lenten experience of repentance and renewal, we affirm our choice to participate with Mary in incarnating the Word of God with our lives. Mary delivered the human form of the Word. We examine our daily efforts of living the Gospel message and affirm our union with the Word and repent for our failures.
As with all the Saints of the Church, our lives reflect the Glory of God. Collectively, we are the Church, the Body of Christ, the splendor of the Father. Though we are not the Son, like the moon, we reflect that light off the surface of our daily lives. On this day of Lent, let each of us reflect on our daily life and affirm our commitment to be the Christian to which we were invite on the day of our baptism. Let us say “Yes” when the opportunity of reflecting the Jesus within us occurs in the event of our daily life.