26 March 2011

The announcement

Yesterday was the feast of the Annunciation, one of my favourite feasts of the church year. It's the day we specially reflect on the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary, and her response to God's invitation to be the theotokos, the God-bearer, the woman who carried Jesus under her heart, whose DNA became part of the Son of God.

I have often wondered what would have happened if Mary had freaked out and said, "No thanks!" Would God have found another person for the incarnation, or would it all have stopped? Would God have found another way for Jesus to be here? But her faith, her love, was enough. Somehow Mary's faith was enough to accept that God was doing something and she had to accept it, co-operate with it. Her love was enough.

Is my love enough?

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