Being Sent … Monday, March 3, 2014

A Rosary Meditation: The First Joyful Mystery, The Annunciation. “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a virgin, and the virgins name was Mary.” Luke 1:26-27. Gabriel. An angel created who knows how long ago? A faithful angel and not one of the fallen. True to his God and faithful in his service. He’s a very good example for us, isn’t he? Maybe more so than we’ve realized. Now, I don’t know much about Gabriel’s history. I’m not sure what he did on, oh, say January 15, 234 B.C.  But I do know certain things by extension. God sent Gabriel, an Archangel, a being of power, might, intellect and more to a young girl that, by comparison to a great angel, was of no importance. At least she didn’t look very important, being so young and so poor. But Gabriel didn’t question God about the outward appearance of the girl or her circumstances. He just went. There are times when God will send you or me to a place, a person, or even into a darkness that He can see in but that we can’t penetrate with our eye or understand with our mind. And these personal “sents” can be hard to swallow at times when we look at the outward appearance. Maybe God sends us to a soup kitchen. Oh, no, not to volunteer. Nothing so straightforward and understandable as that. Nothing so obviously deserving of a pat on the back. And we like those, don’t we? Maybe He sends us there to eat. And no, its not because we need the meal because we don’t. But maybe the person that we set next to, you know, the one who smells bad and has missing teeth? The one with the brown paper bag wrapped around a bottle sticking out of his back pocket. Maybe he needs something else as much as he obviously needs the free meal. Maybe he just needs someone to set there and talk to him about the weather, to smile at him and not be judgmental. And as we set there we might just come to understand, as I’m sure Gabriel did over time, that God sent the little girl to the world more than He ever sent Gabriel to the little girl, Queen of Heaven and Earth. And that we need the bum as much or maybe more than he needs us. Maybe he has as much to announce to us as Gabriel did to Mary. Maybe we need to listen.

“And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40.

Just a thought … There is no place for pride in a Christians walk with God. Neither is there any place for pride setting next to the derelict at the soup kitchen. God is Love, and there is no room for anything else wherever we are, or whoever we’re with.

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  1. I really enjoyed this. Thank you.


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