Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Look at this image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What is your immediate reaction? Now look more closely, focusing on what especially captures your attention. Is it the regal central figure itself, surrounded by precious golden decoration? Or the candles lit by persons hoping for healing, wholeness, forgiveness? What now do you see?
Reflect. Consider the difference in how this Mary is portrayed, compared to the one who lived 2000 years ago, impoverished, innocent, powerless. Far from royalty. Imagine her encounter with the angel, in which she became in some way aware of the world-changing event of the incarnation, God’s breaking through stubborn and wayward humanity, once again demonstrating the depth of the Divine Love. Recall when you have received an angelic message, one hard to believe, one hard to understand…and yet one that made all the difference in the world.
Act. We are all called to bring the message of God’s love to a desperate and forlorn world. You may not think that you have such an angelic charge, but in truth you do. Today, how will you carry this message to someone who needs to hear it?
Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.
Music: “Ambient Sonata” /Album: Ambient Sonata /Artist: Dee Yan-Key
Image: “Blessed Virgin Mary ” /Place: Cathedral at Ronda, Spain /Photographer: Jon Shematek