The Annunciation of the Lord (Solemnity)
25th March 2017
The Lord is with you. (Luke 1:28)
When politicians announce their intention to run for office, they make a speech describing who they are and what they stand for. Although today’s passage is not about politics, it does announce a new kind of government entering the world: the kingdom of God. We read about the moment when the archangel Gabriel gives Mary his message of the coming Messiah. In this announcement, he promises her and all who will come after her, “The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28).
In the Old Testament, the presence of the Lord was not revealed to everyone equally. Rather, God communicated mainly with Israel’s leaders or prophets. But when Gabriel told Mary, “The Lord is with you,” he was marking the beginning of a new era, a new relationship between God and his people. The uncreated, omnipotent God would become Emmanuel, God with us. For Mary, it meant the nearness of the Lord conceived in her womb. For Jesus’ disciples, it meant an encounter with God made flesh. And for us it means the presence of God dwelling in our hearts through the Spirit.
The Lord is with you. The angel’s announcement rings down through history to each one of us. At Mass we are told, “The Lord be with you.” Through these four words, the priest reminds us that God is with us through every experience—the joyful moments, the sad ones, the difficult ones, and every moment in between. He is with us in our deepest spiritual experiences, and he is with us when we can’t feel his presence at all.
As you attend Mass tomorrow, think about the power of this little phrase each time you hear it. Let it remind you of God’s constant, loving presence. Let it be a comfort when you feel alone, an encouragement when you feel discouraged, and a blessing in times of joy. From the moment of his conception in Mary’s womb, Jesus has been and always will be with you.
“Lord, thank you for being with me all the time.”
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Culled from the Word Among Us. https://wau.org/meditations/