Questioning God … Monday, May 20

Opening and closing question marks

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. “But Mary said to the angel, ‘How shall this happen, since I do not know man?’ ” Luke 1:34. Most folks don’t seem to realize it but this verse proves the perpetual virginity of Mary. Consider. She was engaged. If she hadn’t planned on remaining a virgin her statement would have been nonsensical because after her marriage she would “know man”. That’s simple enough. And as far as how this pregnancy was going to happen, if she hadn’t vowed perpetual virginity, it would have seemed obvious that if she was going to be the Messiah’s mother then Joseph was going to be His father. But she knew she was, and was going to remain, a virgin. Hence the question. And the angel explained it. An honest question, one that needed an answer, received an answer. Often we think it improper to question God, and in certain ways, when the question revolves around things like pride and self-will, it is. But when there is an honest and sincere desire, even need, to know we have Mary as our example. If we don’t ask these questions how will we ever learn or grow? Not asking the appropriate questions at the right time can actually hamper our development as Christians. And what loving parent would want their child stunted just because they didn’t ask a question? If its sincere and honest, never mind if we think it might be silly, ask. What was it Jesus said? “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7.

Today …

St. Anastasius XIII

Questions … While we are told to avoid foolish questions (see 2 Timothy 2:23) we are not told to avoid questions in general. A loving parent wants their child to be learned and wise. Questions lend themselves to these. And God? God is love.