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Today’s festival of faith celebrates the Immaculate Conception of Mary and yet the gospel story we hear is that of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) 

I woke up
imagining God announcing Mary
Life celebrating the Feminine

playful meanderings of my heart
responding to one question
burning in my soul:
Mary, who are you?

conceived out of love
from love, for love
beautiful with God’s beauty,
beautiful inside and out!

amazingly invisible
almost totally absent
yet fully present
listening deeply and generously

playful wrestler with the messengers of God
not afraid to be afraid
perplexed, disturbed, agitated
troubled and thoroughly shaken - 
which is what happens when one lets the angels in,
turning everything upside down

yet anchored in trust
a heart wide open, receiving
source and mother
a temple of God’s spirit
a sanctuary of grace
a cathedral of hope
a cloister for Divinity
a big soul where immensity
and powerlessness interweave

a bearer of Good News
a singer of songs
crafting and composing
‘magnificat’ and ‘let it be’
and above all
‘the sound of silence’

full of grace, overflowing
amazingly invisible
almost totally absent
yet fully present
birthing God in our midst:

a lovely paradox
a deep mystery
to walk with today
and with Mary to treasure all these things in my heart
remembering that,

“We too, who have heard and have believed, are blessed. Every soul who has believed both conceives and generates the Word of God and recognizes God’s works. Let the soul of Mary be in each one of you to magnify the God. Let the spirit of Mary be in each one to exult in God. According to the flesh one woman is the mother of Christ, but according to faith, Christ is the fruit of all people.  (Saint Ambrose of Milan, 4th century, whose feast day was yesterday, commenting on the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)

Art: Joaquim and Ann by Nadya Yamnych 2008 

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