Catholic Bible Press
Catholic Bible Press
March 25, 2021
The Annunciation of the Lord
The Impossible Possible
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Luke 1:29

Mary was “greatly troubled.” Not just “concerned” or “worried,” but deeply disturbed. With Gabriel’s invitation, her interior world experienced an anxious tidal wave of disruption. Did this mean that Mary lacked faith? Not so. She responded mentally and emotionally as any startled and confused human being would do. Mary had to have time to “ponder,” as Luke tells us. She undoubtedly could not think of anything else, tossing the “impossible possible” around inside of her, even questioning out loud, “How can this be?” Mary’s faith was able to stand up stronger than her fear after going through and beyond questions and hesitations. Her generous love and trust in God toppled concerns for how dramatically life would change.

What a gift we have in Mary’s faith-filled “yes.” How much we can learn from her when the Spirit stirs, asking us to do the “impossible possible” for the good of another.

- Sr. Joyce Rupp

Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 • Psalm 40:7-11 Hebrews 10:4-10 • Luke 1:26-38

Comments

March 25, 2021 at 04:59 PM

Sr. Joyce, thank you for your beautiful devotion, full of hope. * Sister thank you for reminding me that our Blessed Mother is the perfect example and who we should look up to when we face fear of the uncertainty and in need of hope and trust in God. May our Blessed Mother lead and guide us to say "Yes" to God, His will be done. With and through God nothing is impossible and everything and anything is possible. God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all.

March 25, 2021 at 10:17 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father , most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts- by the power of God - Cast into hell Satan and all evil sprits, who prowl about the world seeding the ruin of souls. Amen

Kjc
March 25, 2021 at 10:37 AM

A sinner I enjoy your comments each morning you are faithful in your posts. Pray of St. Michael we say that after every Mass at my church. Please pray for the essential workers and their families and the people who have no one to pray for them, and the souls in purgatory. Ken

March 25, 2021 at 09:41 AM

Amen!

March 25, 2021 at 09:20 AM

The act of full surrender to Gods will, in my humbled opinion is and always will be our salvation. The soul surrendered to Gods will as we see in history is the moving agent of loves grace in the world and has the power to transform circumstances in every day life . Mary's acceptance of His will in this moment in the Gospel, has evolved into our faith in Christ and his saving grace, leading to the kingdom of heaven on earth to come. Peace be with you all!

March 25, 2021 at 09:12 AM

***King Ahaz's answer sounded so noble in Isaiah 7:12, "But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” But it was not noble! God gave Ahaz the answer to the question he did not want ot ask. Hear what God said in Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name Him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us!” And it was fulfilled 700 years later :-) ***So go ahead and ask God a question and be bold: don't weary people and don't weary God! No matter your question, the answer will always have something to do with "God is with us!" our Emmanuel, Lord Jesus Christ :-) And when you hear the answer, go ahead and say as Mary did, "Yes, Lord! May it be done according to Your Word!" ***John 1:1, 14, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.......The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth!" Amen!!!

March 25, 2021 at 08:56 AM

Thank you Mary for saying YES. As we celebrate the feast of the Solemnity of the Lord, we see that all is possible for God and apart from God we can accomplish nothing of substance in our lives. The big circle back is this Lenten season, to recognize that our relationship with God, may need some fine tuning, what better time than now. Let Mary's yes come to us this lent and begin repairing or simply strengthening our relationship with God. Remember all is possible with God in our lives and apart from him we can do nothing. Can God get a YES from us today? Dear Jesus, please hear the prayers of this Living Faith Family you have gather together and give you the praise and honor you so rightly deserve. Please Jesus hear the prayers of those who have no one to pray for them and for all of the souls in Purgatory, that today they may be reunited with Christ in Heaven, we pray, Amen.

March 25, 2021 at 08:21 AM

Amen.

March 25, 2021 at 07:12 AM

Thank you so much, Sr. Joyce, for your very insightful reflection on Mary in her Annunciation! God bless you!

Kjc
March 25, 2021 at 11:45 AM

Marg Yes important feast But this also means that we have exactly 9 months of Christmas shopping. Please pray for the living faith family. Ken

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