March 25, 2021 – Solemnity of the Annunciation
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary…” (Luke 1:30)
DO NOT BE AFRAID: One thing to keep in mind as you read Scripture: Whenever God spoke – whether through prophets, or an angel, or through his Son – he not only spoke to those there at the time, he also spoke to us. His words transcend time and circumstance; the same message that needed to be heard back then still needs to be heard today.
And so it is with the angel Gabriel’s words to Mary: “Do not be afraid.”
We are not God; we are not perfect. That makes what God asks of us – to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul and love our neighbor as ourself – a daunting task. It is understandable that such a request would elicit fear. There are so many things battling for our time and attention, so many temptations, so much we want for ourselves – for US.
Living the life God calls us to live can be frightening. Think of what was being asked of Mary! He offers us the same consolation he did to Mary – “Do not be afraid.” God is there for us – as our support, our guide, and our comfort.
I posted a quote on Facebook the other day that captures the “Do not be afraid” sentiment very well: When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust him fully because two things can happen: Either he’ll catch you when you fall or he’ll teach you to fly.
Who doesn’t want to learn to fly?