Saturday 3 October 2015

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary- 7th October

’The Angel entered and said to Mary : ’Rejoice, full of grace ; the Lord is with you’

Ac.1, 12-14 Lk1 Lk 1, 26-38

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary- 7th October

“In the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David ; and the virgin’s name was Mary.”

Now we have the mystery that is revealed : it had always been hidden in silence, but now it is manifested. The Angel Gabriel was sent by God to Mary. it is God who takes the first steps. It is he who unexpectedly makes an eruption in the young girl Mary - it is his choice manifested on this day when the Angel presented to Mary how God desires to come amongst mankind.From the Annunciation to the Crowning of Our Blessed Virgin Mary,celebrated the in the final decade, we say agian our desire to follow Jesus step by step with the Blessed Virgin Mary.During his journies walking on this earth, Jesus never stopped contemplating his Heavenly Father, giving him back everthing and offering everything up to HIm. We wish to follow Him, by giving Him everything through Mary.With all generations and and for thousands of years we take up the Angel’s greeting to Mary when we recite the Rosary :’ Hail, Mary…’ The work of salvatio of the world the Lord desires was played out in the interaction betwen God and a young girl Mary, and we we can stil listent to its echo which bowls us over. God took the initiative, it is He who made the first step when the Angel Gabriel was sent to Mary whilst she was just a young girl. And yet the Annunciation is not the beginning of God’s work in Mary, he had already filled her with grace, as the Angel proclaims.

The angel went in and said to her ’Rejoice, highly favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ’Mary, do not be afraid ; you have won God’s favour.’

The Angel marvels at the beauty of the one who shines with God’s grace : ’Rejoice! In her turn Mary is full of astonishment, she feels there is here a mystery that goes beyond herself and she questions this. It is the disturbance felt by humanity each time God draws close to somebody in whatever place it may be, a fear born from respect faced with the One who goes beyond one’self. But the Angel reassures her : ’Do not bea afraid, Mary.’ And so it is an

unheard of mystery that resounds in Mary’s ears. She can’t believe what sh’es hearing and is taken by surprise : to become the mother of Jesus , Son of the Most High, inheritance of David and of God’s Kingdom. The value of Mary’s yes is found in the fact that she is free, created freely and free. This freedom is infinitely repected by the Lord our God, but this from speaks also of the ’poverty and humility’ of her being that trusts . A question rises up in Mary’s heart : ’How can this come about?’ So God’s power and delicacy is revealed : ’The Holy Spirit will come down upon ypou.’ The promise to take Joseph in marriage will be respected. Here again, God’s delicacy will be expressed, he proposes his design before Joseph and Mary are married. And so each one is free to accept or to refuse the mission that is proposed. Love forces no one , it never puts people before the accomplished fact. We pray with Mary in the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of Jesus. We always find Mary at our side and in contemplation faced with the marvels God brings about for us. ’ Mary kept all things in her heart.’ She symbolises and unifies all these events within herself.

“The angel answered her ’The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the poser of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy.”

Full of grace, and marvelled by the realisation of the promisies made to her people, Mary remains free, free of this freedom that divine love is always creating in those who offer himself to Him. Our Blessed Lady, in the name of us all, in the name of humanity awaiting a Saviour, gives her consentment : ’ Behold the servant of the Lord, let it me done unto me according tp your Holy Will.’ Mary offered her consentment that burst forth from the depths of her being. God Himself was held in suspence to see what her answer would be. The success of our spiritual life, of our vocation, depends very much upon the attitude we have towards Jesus. This recital of the Annunciation will help us prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus in our lves. He shows us how grace and liberty are so closely tied in the coming about of God’s design. As we contemplate the way God dealt with Mary, we can grasp what he wants to do with the whole Church. Jesus, in his earthly pilgrimage , doesn’t have aplace to rest his head but his heart is always with Mary, present. This confidence Mary had towards him will allow him to say the most secret Words, the ones we most need to keep our hope alive : ’I am the Ressurection and the Life.’ For nothing is impossible for God.