Announcement: “We’ve got company” … Thursday, June 6

Annunciation

Annunciation. Its participatory.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation … “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee.” Luke 1:35. That’s quite an announcement isn’t it? What was the result? Mary received Jesus as the result. “And when he is come, he will convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment.” John 16:8. Jesus made this statement, this announcement, concerning the Holy Spirit. So, even though the Spirit came to Mary in a special way, the Holy Spirit comes to everyone in some manner at some point. Note: ” … when he is come, he will convince the world … “. The word “when” leaves no doubt about His coming, and the word “world” doesn’t leave anybody out. That’s quite an announcement isn’t it? “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. So what do we do when we hear the knock? Generally when we hear a knock at the door its somebody expecting a response like “Come in”, but this knock is different. God waits for an invitation from us, that’s true. He doesn’t force Himself on any of us. But the original invitation? The knock? It comes from Him. So what do we do? Well, what did Mary do? She accepted His invitation, didn’t she? And the results have been announced ever since. When we hear a knock we might say to the others around us, “We’ve got company”. We announce the arrival of our guest. IF we’ve let God into our lives, IF we have allowed Him in, IF we’re serious about it, then by our lives we should be announcing to the world that “We’ve got company”. And our announcing that? Maybe that’s the prelude to THEIR invitation. Mary accepted the invitation and went announcing to Elizabeth. John heard the announcement too. Thirty years or so later he went announcing. And now? Its our turn. The Annunciation. It’s a more than just a “mystery”, it’s a participation.

Today …

St. Branwallader

Branwalator was a British monk, who is said to have been a bishop in Jersey, although at the time, Jersey would have been part of the ancient diocese of Dol. As with many of the early saints of this part of the world, it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. However, it is believed that Branwalator worked with Saint Samson in Cornwall and the Channel Islands, where he is remembered in Jersey in the parish name St Brelade and at Cornwall in the parish name of St Breward. He may also have travelled with Samson to Brittany in northern France. In the Exeter martyrology, Branwalator is described as the son of the Cornish king, Kenen. So we don’t know a whole lot about this saint but there are two things that should be obvious without ever being stated. Of course you realize I’m gonna state them anyway. #1: He accepted the invitation when he heard the announcement. #2: He announced and extended that same invitation.

Evangelization … Announcing the Good News that is Jesus. It’s a kind of trickle-down Divine economy. It started with God, went from Him via the angel to Mary, she took it to Elizabeth and John, and so forth. Two thousand years later. Balls in your court now.

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