Today is the solemnity of the feast of Annunciation which heralds the beginning of a new era, the era of our redemption. This new era of salvation becomes flesh in Mary’s womb. Why was Mary chosen to be the Mother of God? Her life was simple. She learned to do the tasks that other girls of her age learned: those needed to be a good homemaker. There was nothing extraordinary about her external life.
Brothers and sisters, I’m no healthcare expert, but a minister of the Word and the Sacraments who believes that we have someone to go to during our crisis. Yes, the Lord! He comforts us at this time of great uncertainties caused by COVID-19, as he consoled the Israelites through the prophet Hosea. Hosea encourages and instills hope and invites them to return to the Lord.
The Gospel today illustrates two distinct groups, described as goats and sheep, distinguished by their attitude toward “the least.” The reality is, most of us are both.
Jesus’ teachings were radical because they focused on the conversion of the heart rather than external behaviors. He transformed people by helping them rearrange their priorities and refocus their choices.
As his lifelong desire for the priesthood was beginning to diminish, he received a letter that changed his life.