Monday, March 26, 2012

Full of Grace

Since March 25 fell on a Sunday of Lent this year, the Solemnity was celebrated today. It's one of my favorite feasts in the liturgical year, and is especially meaningful to me this year when I've been reflecting a little more on the meaning of faith as a call to trust God with my whole life (as Mary certainly did!). 
In a way, the angel's words to Mary, "Hail, full of grace!" could be applied to any one of us in the sense that God is always pouring immensities of grace over us every instant of our lives, starting with the very fact of our continued existence by a creative act of God. If we are not actually "full" of grace is not due to any rationing on God's part; the Gospel of John insists that the Gift of the Spirit is not rationed--it is we who, unlike Mary, ration our response.
This year, I'm praying that that begins to change.
How about you?


oneeyedsmiley said...

it is my favorite feast - I love the Annunciation! This year is is also hitting me. I have been praying about a certain issue, and you know what they say about being careful what you pray for! Now to ask Mary to help me learn to Trust as she did and to surrender to the answer...

Anonymous said...

How does this "unrationing" come about?