The Mystery of the Annunciation
by Fr. Peter deSousa
We start by praying to the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher and Helper to
understand and live this mystery. Annunciation means that the Angel
announced to Mary the good news that God had chosen her to be the
Mother of the Messiah. Would she accept this Mission?
Then we go on to slowly and prayerfully read Luke 1:26 to 38. We may
be familiar with this passage. But as we read it now, in the context
of our lives, what is the Holy Spirit saying to us today?
The Lord is with you right now in your life. You have found favor with
Him, not because you deserve it, but because He gratuitously chooses
you for an important Mission. That mission today is to share Jesus
with your spouse, your children, your co-workers, your neighbors and
all those you will meet at home, at work and at recreation.
You share by the witness of your life and also by praying for others,
entering into their world humbly and joyfully. The Holy Spirit will
help you how to reach out and share Jesus according to the felt needs
of those people who are open to receive Jesus. Be a humble servant
The Spirit will reveal to you how, when and where to share Jesus with
others. You can only share who you are and what you have. If Jesus
dwells in your heart and home, then you will be able to be a channel
of his presence, love and life to others. It is the Holy Spirit who
will enable you to do this, if you sincerely invite Him to use you for
this great mission.
Mary was a simple woman who worked hard to look after her family. But
in everything she did, she was strengthened by the Spirit who
overshadowed her, the Word whom she contemplated in her life, the
Father who loved her and provided her with the grace she needed to
answer the call.
It is God's power at work in your weakness, if you are available to
Him. He needs you for this mission in life. Nothing is impossible
with God. All He requires is your availability and your readiness to
obey the Holy Spirit, whom He pours into the hearts of all whom He has
washed clean by the blood of His Son, Jesus.
We have already been anointed by the Holy Spirit at our Baptism and
Confirmation. But He respects our freedom. So we must empty ourselves
right now of sinfulness, selfishness, egoism and pride. Then only will
we be able to hear God's word spoken to us in the context of our
With Mary I say: " I am the servant of the Lord. Let God's Word act
in my life and transform me into an Agent who will carry on this
Continue today to be open to the Holy Spirit who will reveal to you
how to use the opportunities He gives you and to obey His
inspirations. It does not mean projecting yourself or drawing
attention to yourself. You must decrease and Jesus must increase.
Your mission is to share Jesus with others today. Let Jesus be in
your mind and in your heart and on your lips in whatever you do. You
are there to be his hands and voice to others, as the Holy Spirit
chooses to use you.
No one else has the same gifts, opportunities and people in their lives
to reach out to, as you do right now. So go ahead and pray "Here I am
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