Tuesday, March 27, 2012

God's important announcement

By Monsignor H. Gerald McSorley

Sometimes, when we are listening to the radio or watching television, we see a notice or hear a notice which says "stand by for an important announcement." Well, God could have made that proclamation 2,000 years ago when he sent the Archangel Gabriel to Mary to make a very important announcement. That announcement we celebrate in the Feast of the Annunciation, normally celebrated on March 25, but the liturgy of the Sunday took precedence over the Feast of the Annunciation, so the church celebrates that feast day on March 26.

(It's also the day in which the pope journeys to Cuba. He will make annoncements and speeches there. We hope that his visit there will bear fruit for the people and for the church in that island.)

Returning to the annnciation, the important annoucement that was made was the coming birth of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. God had prepared the way for a long time for that announcement. And part of his preparation was the sending of the prophets. The first reading gave us a prediciton of Isaiah the prophet that is applied to Mary: "The virgin shall be with child, and she'll name him Emmanuel which means 'God is with us.'" Indeed, God was with us in a very powerful and loving and wonderful way in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus in his ministry said he had come to do the will of his father. We hear in the letter to the Hebrews that God no longer wanted the temple sacrifices and offerings from Jesus his son; he wanted only obedience to his will. Jesus fulfilled the will of his heavenly father, leading to his death on the cross, his resurrection, and to our salvation.

For us, too, we reflect on our calling and what best we can offer to God. That is, to seek to do God's will. During these days of Lent, as we approach ever closer to Holy Week and Easter, we should focus and ask for God's grace to draw closer to God so that we may know his will, through the grace of God to know today what it is that God wants me to do today. What is it, perhaps, that God wants me to let go of today so that I can better prepared for Holy Week and for Easter?

Monsignor H. Gerald McSorley is St. Bernard pastor emeritus. Reach him at (323) 255-6142.

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