Monday, March 06, 2006

Blogging Lent

I would like to share some Lenten meditations, starting this week with the Five "Joyful" Mysteries.

I'm hoping next week to move to the Five "Luminous" Mysteries, then the Five "Sorrowful" Mysteries, then the Five "Glorious" Mysteries.

In order not to take up too much space, I'll make one post each week and put the daily posts inside the comments. Here goes...

The first Joyful Mystery: Mary becomes the first Christian.

The dialogue between Gabriel and Mary contains prophetic insights that I will get to later. But for now, I'd like to focus on the moment before "the Word became flesh". God most certainly did it all for us in this moment by sending his Son to take on flesh and begin human life as a single cell. Certainly, nothing we do can earn the favor he has shown to us. But in the moment before he took on flesh, he gave Mary a chance to decide.

Just as Eve listened to the serpent and chose to disobey God, Mary listened to the Angel Gabriel and chose to receive Our Lord. If personally accepting Jesus into your life makes you a Christian, then Mary would have to be the first Christian. If witnessing means bringing Jesus to others so that they may be saved, then Mary is also the first witness. Or in the language of the evangelism, she has "led us to the Lord". It boggles the mind to think that God would incorporate into his plans, our decisions to accept or reject him.

next day, the second joyful mystery: Mary, John, and Elizabeth together rejoice in the Lord's presence.

1 comment:

Dave King said...

Feel free to use up all the space you need. Some folks read IdeaJoy via the xml feed so if you post here they won't see it.

- Peace