Monday, October 29

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. “Our most prudent and humble Queen alone, among all the creatures, was sufficiently intelligent and magnanimous to estimate at its true value such a new and unheard of sacrament …” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda) The sacrament in question here is God becoming man, being manifest in the flesh. The Annunciation brought to us more than the Promised One. It brought a new source of sacramental grace, it brought the body and blood, the soul and divinity of the Messiah, One now to be understood by us not just as God but as the God-Man. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” John 1:14a. This annunciation has never ceased. It began here with the archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary, continued at the Lord’s Supper, and continues on today at every Mass just as it has for nearly 2,000 years. The priest announces “This IS My body”, “This IS the chalice of My blood.” Every time we go to Mass we are present at the continuing Annunciation. It’s as if we are there with St. Gabriel and the Blessed Mother and Jesus. Especially Jesus. In the Old Testament God announced His presence to Moses with the burning bush. He introduced Himself to Moses, One on one. And at the beginning of this annunciation He gave Moses a command. “And he said: Come not nigh hither, put off the shoes from thy feet for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5. This changes with the New Testament annunciation. Now, rather than stand back, He invites us closer. “Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. In the Old Testament He called to Moses. Now, under the New Covenant, He is gracious to us in waiting for us to call out to Him OUR invitation. He has already accepted us by becoming one with us. It’s now up to us to call out to Him and to become one with Him by accepting Him. Its called conversion. And that  “I … will sup with him, and he with me”? That’s called the Most Holy Eucharist. And all of this? Its well worth announcing.

Today … St. Ermelinda was a hermitess and penitent. This proves, I think, her acceptance of the invitation to call upon Christ and to sup with Him. She accepted His invitation to extend hers. The result of this? It’s always a saint.

Do you? … Do you want to be a part of the Annunciation? Do you want to take part in the Sacrament St. Gabriel spoke to the Blessed Mother of? Do you want to be with saints like Ermelinda and have supper with Jesus? Go to Mass and receive Communion.

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