I know some are doubtful that this pandemic will soon be over. But once again, God’s Word for today brings us an assurance. “With God, all things are possible.”
Today, we celebrate the announcement of the Solution to the end of our battle against the ancient serpent, Satan and sin. Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord – God deciding to become like one of us in order to save us from the clutches of sin and the devil. God, who existed before time, stepped into time to save us since we cannot save ourselves.
In this celebration, we see a God who is always ready to step in to save us from our fears and any enemy that threatens us, but on condition that we place our trust in Him; a God who takes the initiative because of His love and care for us, but waits for our “Yes” (just like Mary responded) so that He can put His ultimate plan into motion. He can’t look on unconcerned, but we need to make ourselves available by accepting His invitation.
In our first reading, God saw the situation that the young king of Israel (Ahaz) found himself in and the fear that it had brought upon him, and through the prophet Isaiah, called him to trust Him. But Ahaz chose to trust in human intervention, which failed him. In our gospel, God takes the initiative again in order to save humanity by sending His angel to a young virgin, Mary. Mary, in her human nature, wondered how this was possible, but at the end she put her trust completely and totally in God and His plans: “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
In the face of our current situation, we can choose the path of Ahaz or that of Mary. You can choose to act according to human logic or technology, or to trust the promises of God. The choice is yours to make but I exhort you this day to choose the path of Mary. What I have seen in this life makes me trust God for what I haven’t yet seen because nothing is impossible for God.
God has a solution for every situation we find ourselves in, but it is faith that allows God’s power to be effective in our world. Thus its power can be effective in this our time if we put our faith in Him by calling on Him always in prayers. Let our knees do the walking and talking in this extraordinary moment.
We don’t want to perish like Ahaz who rejected God’s direction; we want to be like Mary, through whose obedience the world was saved. May we also depend on the help of God to be saved from this pandemic and not so much on human intervention.
“…can’t understand what more we can do, all solutions are exhausted on ground. Our only hope remains up in the sky, God rescue your people.” This famous quote from the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte should guide us to choose the path Mary chose. Say “Yes” to God today.
(Is 7:10-14,8:10; Ps 40; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38)
KEEPING YOU ALL IN PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU AND STAY SAFE.
By Rev. Fr. Patrick Quarcoopome
Sacred Heart Parish, Derby Avenue Accra