In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.
Today is Monday the 9 December, the Feast of The Immaculate Conception.
Salt of the Sound sing, ‘Gabriel’s Message’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
Imagine the scene – Mary, a young woman, in an ordinary place - greeted by a messenger from God. Look at Mary as she stands before Gabriel, what do you notice about her?
Try to imagine yourself in Mary’s shoes listening to the message from God. What would that feel like? How would you react to such news?
Listen again to the reading, trying to be present to what is happening. Notice Mary’s response ‘Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your will’. How do you react to her words?
Talk to God as you might to a friend. Talk about how you respond to this encounter between Mary and Gabriel. Speak out your feelings, your reactions and your own desires.