Saturday, December 23, 2017

"Do Not Be Afraid"...Nothing is Impossible with God: The Angel's Words to Mary and to Us, by Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP


"What the____ is going on? I can't believe this? Really"?
If you are distressed about our current situation the threat of nuclear war, the plight of the poor, sexual harassment, political chaos, to name a few of the issues we face,
perhaps, like me, you may have uttered these words or something similar. 
Yet, when I reflect on the darkness and turmoil,
I am drawn into the light, and I believe we were created for times like this.
The Gospel of the Fourth Sunday of Advent speaks to my soul. 
The inspired words of Luke tells the story of Mary's encounter with 
an angel who said: "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 
Behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, 
and you shall name him Jesus. .. for nothing will be impossible for God."
(Luke 1:28-38)

Mary was distressed like anyone would be, and questioned the angel.

In this mystical encounter when she became aware of divine presence dwelling within her and her role as a vehicle of God, she said, "Yes." 

Like Mary, the words of the angel are addressed to us.

"Do not be afraid." 
Yep, no matter what happens, angels are close by and at least one angel has got you covered.  
I bet you could share some times when you "felt" divine intervention in your life. 

Each of us is the beloved of God, that is what highly favored really means. 
We are loved infinitely every day of our lives whether we feel it or not. 
The divine heart beats within us filling us with love and energy for creativity and new life. With every breath we take, the Holy One breathes within us. 
The take-away is that each one of us is called  to be the face of divinity in our world  everyday!

We are called to make everyday Christmas by our love and service, our work for justice and spiritual transformation, equality and empowerment.

Let the angel's words to Mary echo in our ears and sink deeply into our souls:
"Do not be afraid... Nothing is impossible with God." 

We were made for times like this. Really!



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