Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Angels of Annunciation

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God”…Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1: 26-38

We all have annunciation moments, but unfortunately, we are often unaware of exactly what is happening to us. Sometimes in our busyness we become so preoccupied with ourselves and our own needs that we fail to recognize those angels when they come to us.

In my job as a WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutritionist, I have found that the angels of annunciation come to me nearly constantly. I can be so focused on what I have to do after work, or some problem with my children that nags at the back of my mind, or my own level of fatigue from lack of sleep, that I can let those angels in and out of my office all day without realizing who they are. What a shame!

But when I open my heart and open my eyes, I see that angels of annunciation are plentiful. God is trying to speak to me through them all day, every day, and when I recognize them, I can’t help but be changed by their message.

I recently met an angel who was a drug addict suffering from the horrific pains of withdrawal. Instead of sitting in my usual seat of judgment, I opened my heart to recognize that the message she was telling me was “Do not be afraid, God is calling you to see through my addiction, to find Jesus inside me. Jesus suffered just like I am suffering. Are you open to helping me? It is you that God is calling, you are the favored one.” So I listened to her story, with tears in my eyes and I was able to offer her comfort and assistance. I became the handmaid of the Lord.

I also met an angel who was a student working through her internship requirements for graduation. Instead of rushing through my usual day trying to get my job done, I opened my heart to recognize the message that she was telling me was “Do not be afraid, God is calling you to see that you were once in my shoes. Are you open to helping me? It is you that God is calling, you are the favored one.” So I slowed down from my busy agenda and found the patience to teach her the steps required to give nutrition counseling to young mothers in need. I became the handmaid of the Lord.

One of my favorite angels was a two-year-old girl going through the negative stages through which every two-year-old must pass. Instead of becoming irritated by her temper tantrums and constant use of the word “NO”, I opened my heart to recognize the message that she was telling me was “Do not be afraid, God is calling you to offer me kindness, to remember that it is the little ones such as these to whom Jesus offered the Kingdom of God. Are you open to helping me? It is you that God is calling, you are the favored one.” So I turned to her with a smile. I offered her a book, a compliment and a pat on the head. She walked out of my office with a smile on her face, calling out “I love you!” “I love you, too!” I called back. I became the handmaid of the Lord.

God’s angels of annunciation are coming to you as well. They are in every person that crosses your path. Will you be open to their messages? Will you hear them say “Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God? Will you feel God’s Spirit coming to you and allow yourself to be open to it? Say yes! Become the handmaid of the Lord and watch the world transform into a beautiful place!

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

(A re-post from 6/09 and can also be found at CatholicMom.com)

6 comments:

  1. Anne,
    Great post! I love "annunciation moments" and "angels of annunciation". You are correct, they are all around us in varying disguises trying to lead us closer to Christ.
    Thanks for this!
    Hugs & Blessings!

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  2. To be able to see beyond flesh and be aware of the angelic hosts around you is a wonderful gift of God's grace. I love the examples you use and the fact that they are present to us all if we have the heart to see. Know also that your "seeing" those people for the angels that they are is a moment of grace for them as well. You have become their angel in return.

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  3. Anne, I have noticed over time that you and I frequent some of the same sites, and I'm writing to finally introduce myself, say hi... "Hi :)!" I want to say in unison with redemptoristpreacher that I, too, love the examples you used in this post. You're in a unique and privileged position to see distresses most of us don't see. I also reacted to this question in your post: "Will you feel God’s Spirit coming to you and allow yourself to be open to it? Say yes!..." I recently posted on saying 'yes' to the Crucifixion, a difficult subject, and saying 'yes' to your question was refreshing, relieving... Thank you, God bless you and yours, and your work here, I pray.

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  4. Beautiful! Absolutely inspiring! Thanks.

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  5. Just wonderful... so insightful and honest. You encounter people I rarely do, in situations that I rarely see, and it is humbling to me how you push past your initial, knee-jerk reactions and open yourself to God's invitations. I find it inspiring.

    It is good to see Jesus in His distressing disguise. You did real good, Anne.

    God bless you this Holy Week.

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  6. Anne, at your invitation for me,(ME!?) to come to Rosary,you became the handmaid of the Lord. I am honored and grateful. You and your family are of Him. Thank you.

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