Today is such a powerful day... The Feast of the Annunciation... the "yes" from Mary that brought our Savior into the world! This most beautiful image filled me with great awe...
A ray descends from heaven, sometimes emanating from the dove of the Holy Spirit. And there in the bright ray of God's presence streaming straight toward the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And there is this detail : on his shoulders he carries his cross. Fr James Sullivan, O.P.
To shift gears in the middle of Lent is difficult, but we are aware of the Cross even here! It reminds me of Patrick having the cross placed on his shoulders in the womb at his birth 3 1/2 years ago.
I recently was able to act out this station at a retreat... the pain I experienced as all the swords that pierced my heart were there before my eyes as I witnessed my Son, the Son of God, there before me beaten and bloodies and carrying the source of his torture and death upon his shoulders! "My Son, never did I imagine that this is what would have to happen to you! My Son, I love you and long to take this cross from you, yet I know that it must happen to save the world. Help me to have the strength to stand by you, and at the foot of your Cross to watch you die. There you give me to all to bring into their homes. There I will teach of your LOVE and bring all to YOU as I reveal you to them and bring all their petitions to lay at your feet. Jesus, I trust in you."
It is hard to get through this without weeping... comparing how she held his warm body in her arms at birth and then at the end of his agony!
It is kind of hard to find this deep place of the Cross this day of The Annunciation, yet the beautiful words of The Angel, Gabriel, the words we repeat for the Rosary throughout our days..."Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." "All that our heart cries out for became flesh in Mary's womb. When we repeat the words of the angel by praying the Hail Mary, the Word of God germinates in our soul. Christianity is this never ending event of encounter with God made present in the maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary." see www.magnificat.com
Jesus, I think Mary's prayer to you on the Way says it all for me! How I love to have you in my home after Jesus in his last moments of earthy life gave you to bring into our Homes! I am so happy with my new peaceful home, and having the young family loving and living on the farm! Now with a new little one soon to join them! Ruth and I both had a new baby a year after moving on the farm there in that house! It fills me with awe to see with eyes of Faith the way that Ruth has been given my life to live over again. It was great for me and I sense the same JOY in her! I am filled to overflowing with YOU, my Jesus! I say "YES!" to all that you ask of me! Jesus, I trust in you. Amen
"In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You." Saint Augustine
And coming to her, the angel said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”