Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.Take counsel together, but it shall be brought to naught; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
It seems a little crazy to be reflecting upon the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary of Nazareth in the depths of the penitential season of Lent. And yet, if it weren’t for the humble generosity of this favored girl, full of grace, who offers the totality of her body and soul for the fulfillment of God’s will, for His word to become flesh, there would be no Jesus. And without Jesus, humanity is left adrift in the sins of Eden where self-will reigns. Much to the contrary, because Mary accepts the Lord’s invitation, a body is prepared for the Lord’s anointed one. That body has “ears open to obedience” and delights in doing God’s will, and God’s law is within his heart. When the Word of God becomes flesh and makes his dwelling among us, human dignity is at its apex. Human dignity begins with human flesh. Who we are, as we are. And we exhibit our truest dignity when we surrender self-will in favor of God’s.
I have to admit, I am a little envious of the Blessed Mother. Not because of her lack of original sin, her holy family, her perfect son, her angelic assurances or her highly favored status with the Almighty. What I envy is what appears to be CLARITY she enjoyed. But maybe her clarity has something to do with her simplicity, her single-mindedness, and her undivided heart.
-Mrs. Patty Feder is a member of the Mother’s Club at St. Louis U. High.
Lord, here I am. I long to do your will whole-heartedly. Please free me of attachments, distractions or any obstacles that hinder our union. More than ever, Lord, I long for clarity, that, like the Blessed Mother, I can surrender joyfully my entire being and live according to your Word.
—Mrs. Patty FederPlease share the Good Word with your friends!