Thursday, December 20

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a virgin, and the virgin’s name was Mary.” Luke 1:26-27. We know that at some point in the distant past the angels were tested just as Adam and Eve were. What the test was we can’t be certain but what we do know is that some stood for God while others pursued their own desires. Gabriel was one that had stood the test. When we read “Gabriel was sent from God” these few words tell us much. Gabriel was faithful, obedient and true to whatever mission God sent him on. When Gabriel announced to Mary the Good News of the birth of Messiah he didn’t say one word that was his own. All of this message came from God. There was no improvisation. As an honest messenger this angel is a good example of the Church and what each of us should be. We ought to think and repeat God’s words after Him. We should leave the improv to the really good comedians. The message of Christ, delivered to Mary and later spoken aloud by Jesus Himself (One more example of “To Jesus through Mary”.) is no laughing matter. Well, not in a comical sense anyway. There’s plenty of room here for joyous laughter. Joyous laughter in the company of angels because they’re part of this Good News too. Gabriel took part and delivered God’s message to Mary. Now its our turn to follow suit and during this period of the New Evangelization deliver to the world an understandable, undiluted message. That might seem a daunting job but, hey, we’ve been doing a pretty good job of it, with God’s help and in spite of human frailty, for nearly 2,000 years now.

Today … St. Ursicinus was an Irish missionary and follower of St. Columbanus, his abbot, at the monastery of Luxeuil, France. He went with his beloved abbot into exile (c. 610) after Columbanus was banished from Burgundy, and went with him to Switzerland and founding the monastery of St. Ursanne, Ursicinus used the community as the home base for his missionary efforts among the local pagan tribes of the Alamanni. Here is a disciple delivering a message. Everything just mentioned was centered in obedience and faithfulness. Obedience to his superior, Luke 10:16, and faithfulness to the Message, Mark 16:15. An angelic attitude nurtured by the grace of God. You don’t have to be an angel to bring the Good News to others. Just human, and in love with God, is enough.

Pope Saint Gregory the Great … “The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.” The same thing, the same One that made Gregory great can make you great too.

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