Mary, asked a question, surrendered into salvation history at the Annunciation. Asked to enter a mystery that defies human reason, she allowed the mystery to enter the marrow of her soul. Even though the angel, sent from God, posed a question that provoked questions seeded from Mary’s heart, she embraced the mystery because she believed. Not immediately, for conventional rationale would defy the mystery proposed by Gabriel’s greeting. Belief attuned by God’s providence for others, an indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the grace of abandoning fear and promise of a kingdom not cyclically toppled by ravages of conquest but eternally present allowed Mary to spiritually grasp the mystery. From belief emerged the will to serve, for fear of judgmental snickering and persecution vanished in surrendering to the call of God’s word. For Mary, the mystery brought freedom from pondering conventional reality to embracing a Divine design where she participated without being mired by issues of control. Mary trusted God, so she trusted the mystery.
Knowing the blessings of the mystery, today Mary is asking us to participate in the mystery of her Son’s kingdom. What tethers us to self-absorption, so we shun the mystery’s freedom? What tentacles of fear leave us in bondage, imprisoned from God’s grace? Does myopic perception encase our parameters with conventional modalities instead of envisioning innovative designs? For belief in the mystery presents not boundaries, but freedom. A freedom bestowed by God’s grace, an eternal kingdom and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit guides us through the mystery. An experience where gazing in amazement leads us beyond prayerful pondering to serve for the fulfillment of God’s will. The mystery overshadows our lives not with trepidation, but hope, not despair, but joy. Mary lived the mystery and invites us to continually conceive it in our world today.
Barb Born April 10, 2013