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Thought for the Day – 25 March – God’s shout to us

Thought for the Day – 25 March – The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Together with Jesus, the privileged and graced Mary is the link between heaven and earth.   She is the human being who best, after Jesus, exemplifies the possibilities of human existence.   She received into her lowliness the infinite love of God.   She shows how, an ordinary human being, can reflect God in the ordinary circumstances of life.  She exemplifies what the Church and every member of the Church is meant to become. She is the ultimate product of the creative and redemptive power of God.   She manifests what the Incarnation is meant to accomplish for all of us.

Sometimes spiritual writers are accused of putting Mary on a pedestal and thereby, discouraging ordinary humans from imitating her.   Perhaps, such an observation is misguided.   God did put Mary on a pedestal and has put all human beings on a pedestal. We have scarcely begun to realise the magnificence of divine grace, the wonder of God’s freely given love.   The marvel of Mary—even in the midst of her very ordinary life—is God’s shout to us, to wake up, to the marvellous creatures that we all are by divine design.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us!mary mother of god pray for us.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 25 March – In her, God spun a garment with which to save us

Quote/s of the Day – 25 March – The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

“And so when God’s birth is proclaimed to you, keep silent.
Let Gabriel’s word be held in your mind 
for nothing is impossible to this glorious Majesty,
who humbled Himself for us
and was born of our humanity.”and so when god's birth is proclaimed to you - st ephrem - 25 march 2019 annunciation.jpg

“God assumed smallness in her –
yet without diminishing His nature –
to make us great!”god assumed smallness in her to make us great - st ephrem 25 march annunciation.jpg

“In her, God spun a garment with which to save us.”

Saint Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctorin her god spun - st pehrem - annunciation 25 march 2019.jpg

“Him, whom the heavens cannot contain,
the womb of one woman bore.
She ruled our Ruler,
she carried Him, in whom we are,
she gave milk to our Bread.”

St Augustine (354-430)him, whom the heavens cannot contain - st augustine 25 march annunciation .jpg

“The scene of the Annunciation
merits consideration for another reason, too,
it is not only wholly Christological;,
it is wholly trinitarian as well…
The angel’s initial salutation…
brings her the greeting of the ‘Lord’, the Father…
she will give birth to the ‘Son of the Most High’…
the Holy Spirit will overshadow her…”

Cardinal Hans Urs Von Balthasar (1905-1988)the scene of the annunciation - hans urs von balthasar - 25 march 2019.jpg

“The Annunciation, recounted at the beginning
of St Luke’s Gospel, is a humble, hidden event –
no-one saw it, no one except Mary knew of it –
but, at the same time,
it was crucial to the history of humanity.
When the Virgin said her “yes”
to the Angel’s announcement,
Jesus was conceived and with Him began
the new era of history that was to be ratified
in Easter as the “new and eternal Covenant”.

Pope Benedict XVI

 Angelus
St Peter’s Square, Fifth Sunday of Lent, 25 March 2007the annunciation - pope benedict 25 march 2019.jpg