My good friend Msgr. Lavalley, pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski, Vermont. Today he reflects on the third word of Christ from the cross.
When we hear the “Word became Flesh” we often think of Christmas. But today, on the Feast of the Annunciation, we can come to appreciate more fully the love of God. God’s love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness came to us because of the YES of our Blessed Mother. Our Lady said yes. At that moment, when she said yes, she was greeted by the words of Gabriel, Hail, full of grace.
Ahaz is confronted with a choice: trust God, though it seems awfully risky, or trust in worldly power because military might is more dependable. In faith, he knows what he should do. But trusting in the words of God through the prophet mean taking a risk. This can be true for us too. We can…
Life is filled with brokenness. We do not need to look very far at all to see the ways in which sin and suffering are present in our world. In the midst of this, God remains present in our midst. And during the season of Advent, Jesus is very much present to us in the example given my his mother. May we pray that just as Mary knew and followed God, so too may we.