The Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, is the primary Feast Day of Our Lady’s Missionaries. Like everything else in all of our lives, it was different this year.
March 25 also happened to be the day of our regular OLM monthly meeting. Once we got together in our community room…. we realized that it is impossible for us to follow social distancing recommendations when we are all together there. We talked about how we needed to change our normal prayers and celebrations and how to keep up communication and our community ties.
Earlier in the day I read a beautiful reflection on the Annunciation by Joan Chittister, OSB a few years ago. Her focus was on how Mary was given the freedom to accept or reject the Angel’s words. The angel waited for her response. Her words have led me to ponder the following:
Right now, all of Creation and our Creator is waiting to hear how we will respond to the COVID-19 crisis…..
Will we unite in keeping physically distant to slow down the spread of the virus?
Will we ensure that those most in need do not fall through the cracks?
Will we manage our fear and anxiety and not let it fill us with selfishness and xenophobia?
Will we allow this time of self-isolation to be a time of deep reflection on what is really important in our lives?
Will we heed the signs of healing that are being seen in the environment around us because of the slow down in human activity on Earth?
Will we choose life for all of Creation and all of humanity when it comes time to decide what our new normal will be?
Like Mary, we have the freedom to choose. May we come to understand that, like Mary, our choices can bring Jesus who is Life, Love, Peace and Justice, into our world.
Please know too that OLMs are holding all of you in prayer during these critical days.
by Christine Gebel, olm