The events of this week at the US Capitol have left me, like many, shaken. The takeover of the capitol was something I only believed happened in “banana republics”, not in a country claiming to be built on the foundation of reason and persuasion as the method to settle disputes. I have attempted to write my reaction to these events many times, only to find it difficult to do so.
My good friend, Msgr. Richard Lavalley, offers his reflections on Holy Thursday. His reflection considers a time of closed churches in the United States. We must remember that the Holy Eucharist is also a banquet. Calvary becomes present in our churches. Always when we celebrate is the passion of the Christ. And he reminds us that hunger makes the meal. May we experience a hunger for the Eucharist.
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.