How are you evangelizing?

Today we celebrate (a little delayed thanks to Holy Week) the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.  The day where Mary so beautifully said “Yes” to God’s plan, and God was Incarnate in her womb.  Traditionally, this is celebrated on March 25 (9 months before December 25, the birth of Christ).

During the visit from the Angel, Mary finds out that Elizabeth is six months pregnant already.  Mary, after conceiving the child Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, departs her home, travels to he cousin Elizabeth.  When she is greeted by Elizabeth the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy.  Elizabeth then greets Mary with this strange greeting: “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does it happen that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”  It is amazing to Elizabeth that Mary would have traversed while pregnant herself, to come to her.  Mary will then proclaim her canticle:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon His handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age 
to those who fear Him.
He has shown His might with His arm,
dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry He has filled with good things;
the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel His servant;
remembering His mercy
according to His promise to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

Mary moved by the spirit, answering always, “Yes”, to the Lord goes and proclaims the message to Elizabeth.  She stays and assists Elizabeth until the delivery of John.  She not only took upon herself the great mission of bearing God within her, of raising and taking care of the Son of God, but also to evangelize, to encourage in faith and to strengthen her cousin.

How many times are we nudged to share the Gospel message, to proclaim the Love of God, and His faithfulness to those we know?  This is not usually a nudge to stand on a street corner, to bible bash, or hit people over the head with a Catechism, but simple things, simple ways of sharing the Love of God.  Mary went to help her elderly cousin in the final moths of pregnancy, the door was then opened to proclaim God’s word.  How many times do we neglect the simple help someone might need?  How many times do we neglect even the simple act of listening to another person?  Often these times will lead to opportunities of grace to then share the Love we have received from above.

Take the time to just BE there for another.  Look for the openings of Grace to share His message.  See yourself as a simple servant of the Lord, looking for His time, wanting to share in His mission, and giving of His love.



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