Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 13. We can imagine it being sung in Mary’s voice as we celebrate her birth.
Though I trusted in your mercy,Psalm 13:6
let my heart rejoice in your salvation.
Let me sing of the LORD
Who has been good to me.
These psalm verses can bring us deeply into Mary’s generous, prophetic soul. She is, even before the Annunciation, a holy young woman, at peace and unity with God ….
I have trusted in your mercy
But when she is invited to donate her solitary peace to the infinite self-giving of God, Mary says, “Yes!”.
Let my heart rejoice in your salvation
Mary realizes that the moment Israel has longed for has dawned in her little room, her little cottage, in little Nazareth. And her faith is large enough to believe that God could do such a thing!
Mary calls us to make our dream of salvation larger than ourselves – to allow God to release the power of mercy, astoundingly, from our small and simple lives.
In this great fiat of the little girl Mary, the strength and foundation of our life of contemplation is grounded, for it means absolute trust in God, trust which will not set us free from suffering but will set us free from anxiety, hesitation, and above all from the fear of suffering. Trust which makes us willing to be what God wants us to be, however great or however little that may prove. Trust which accepts God as illimitable Love.Caryll Houselander – The Reed of God
Poetry: After the Annunciation- Madeleine L’Engle
This is the irrational season
when love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
there’d have been no room for the child.
Music: Hail Mary – Boyce and Stanley