Mission Possible – Good News for March 25

25 03 2009

Nothing will be impossible for God…

Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

The Daily Path: Growing up Catholic I learned that all things were possible for God. He was the Creator, the purveyor of all things. I read of miracles performed by Jesus. I was taught to love my neighbor, show mercy and to forgive. I had no reason to doubt that these teachings were based in anything but truth. Yet as I look back, did I fully understand? Not really. Imagine how young Mary must have felt? She even asks the angel “How can these things be possible?”

Faith. 

So many times Jesus shook his head and asked why we weak humans always needed a sign. Some physical assurance before we fully believe. Even Mary got a little glimpse from the angel who told of her how Elizabeth, long considered barren, would also give birth.

I was no different. I needed a little glimmer of the possible before I could have complete faith in the Lord. As I approach the one year anniversary of my full re-birth in Christ, I’m reminded of how God works in mysterious ways that we don’t always understand. Yet if we have faith the most amazing things can and will happen in our lives. Friends, it is true. I’m so happy to be able to attest: Nothing is impossible for God!

Room to Chat: Have you considered your own return to God? Or perhaps a willingness to hold Him closer?  Today open your heart to these possibilities. Spend a few moments contemplating your own Mission Possible. “Here I am, Lord…”





Our Mother – Good News for December 12

12 12 2008

Luke 1:39-47

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” 

The Daily Path: Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I encourage you to read the story of Our Lady’s appearance in 1531 to a native by the name of Juan Diego near Mexico City. She is the patroness of North America and protector of the poor and needy.

Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, has played an important role in my life since my parents offered me up to Her as an infant. I often visit the Chapel at St. Mary’s College for contemplation and prayer. My favorite place to do so is in front of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On numerous occasions, in the quiet peace of the chapel, I’ve asked Our Lady to carry my prayers to Her Son on my behalf. I know that some of these prayers have been answered. 

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. You are blessed among women. And blessed is your Son, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for this sinner and all sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.