Mary, Welcoming Model
Listening to the Word: The Annunciation (Luke 1: 26-38)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High……….
Reflection: The Gospels begin by presenting Mary as a woman who embraces God’s plan. In an attitude of prayer, she listens, meditates, consents and answers “yes” to God who calls her. In a word she is welcoming. It is this welcoming that gives birth to Life in her. “And the Word was made flesh.”
Prayer: Holy Mary, welcoming woman, lead us to imitate you so that every day we may give birth to Jesus in the situations of life where we find ourselves.
Holy Mary, welcoming woman, teach us to meditate the Word of God like you, so that at every moment of our lives we may welcome it and allow ourselves to be guided by it.
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL. PRAY FOR US
We invite you to quietly meditate with this video of the Carmelite Hymn, “Flower of Carmel” produced by Neil Conlisk, O.Carm and performed by Matthew Gummess, O.Carm.
Please share your prayer intentions in the comments section below. The Carmelites will remember them during the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.