Monday, March 31, 2008
The Annunciation of the Lord
"Nothing will be impossible for God." (Luke 1:37)
We all have issues in our lives that we assume are utterly impossible. The coworker who has to have his way. The money needed to meet financial obligations. The parent who drinks too much. The spouse whose temper erupts uncontrollably. Cancer. Alzheimer’s. Addictions.
Well, today is our day to exult. It’s our day to celebrate the God who can do all things—including and especially the impossible!
In a show of false humility, King Ahaz declared: “I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!” (Isaiah 7:12). May we not repeat his folly! We are children of the God of the impossible. We can face what we can’t imagine, undaunted by contradictions of need and possibility, because Almighty God is on our side! Consider the exchange between Mary and Gabriel in today’s Gospel. She was shaken by his announcement, but the remedy was: “Do not be afraid” (Luke 1:29-30). Don’t let fear make you give up hope. Instead, remember the astounding power of the One who created you, the One who loves you.
Talk to God frankly, as Mary did. It’s okay to tell him your fears and concerns. It’s okay to admit doubts and confusion. Let him relieve your anxieties about the impossible. Give him the chance to dispel any unbelief in his power—and his desire—to take care of you. Make time for him to give you wisdom and understanding for the difficult situations. You just may be surprised by what happens!
Then, like Mary, humbly place yourself at God’s disposal. Do it especially when you have nothing available for the situation. Give God room to be God, the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving Father of—you! St. Leo the Great once wrote: “Majesty humbled itself, power became weak, and eternity mortal.” A man, Jesus, died because he was a man, but was free of death because he is God. The incomprehensible became comprehended; the eternal became finite; the Lord of the universe became servant to all creation. If God could manage that, he can handle the stuff in our lives!
“Father, you know me. I want to know you, for whom nothing is impossible. Help me today to believe in your desire and ability to do good in all the situations I believe are impossible.”
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10; Psalm 40:7-11; Hebrews 10:4-10