|Mary's "freedom of the gift" was|
beautifully expressed in her response
to Gabriel's message.
What impressed me today was how the Theology of the Body calls for precisely the same dispositions that Paul emphasizes in today's passage from 2 Corinthians. Pope John Paul spoke of it in terms of the "freedom of the gift." Without that freedom, can we even speak of "love" in a relationship that involves the gift of self?
But the Gospel tells us of another important element in the gift of self. It is interiority. Without that reserve (we could call it modesty), one might honestly ask if there really is a gift of self and not a transaction or a publicity stunt in which the "self" is a form of currency. (There seems to be a lot of this happening online, don't you think?)
Today's Mass readings invite us to reflect on the quality of our relationships, especially the ones that involve us most deeply. Are the qualities of freedom and interiority prominent?