World CLC DayMar 25, 2021 | Story by: Michael Liberatore | world clc day,christian life community,philippines,clcp,clc ph,solemnity of the annunciation of the Lord,mary,fiat,apostolic journey,march 25
March 25, 2021 | Thursday
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
[World CLC Day]
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you." Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean. But the angel said, "Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob for¬¬ever and his reign shall have no end." Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be if I am a virgin?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born shall be called Son of God. Even your relative Elizabeth is expecting a son in her old age, although she was unable to have a child, and she is now in her sixth month. With God nothing is impossible." Then Mary said, "I am the hand¬maid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." And the angel left her.
The Apostolic JourneyThe Feast of the Annunciation is also the celebration of World Christian Life Community (CLC) Day. Today, the CLC remembers its Marian heritage and the apostolic witness of Mary's life as the mother of our Lord. The CLC evolved from the Sodality of Our Lady into a lay Ignatian discerning apostolic community. The readings today direct us towards insight into the meaning of an apostolic journey.
Mary's yes - her fiat - is often celebrated as if it is a one-time yes. But her yes is a reminder that God calls us into a deeper relationship that inaugurates a journey. With Mary, her yes is far more than birthing a baby boy. Her yes is reiterated throughout her life as she continues to give of herself through all that happens - including witnessing her son's murder on a cross among thieves. Mary gives of herself and her life in allowing the Lord to direct her in her apostolic journey.
The true apostle gives completely of him or herself to do God's will - the true sacrifice God asks, as the letter to the Hebrews reminds us. How open are we to God's will for us? How have we struggled to continue to say yes in journeying along the path the Lord has laid before us?
Blessed and Happy Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola!
Pope Francis said about St. Ignatius, "All through his life he converted, [...] he put Christ in the centre. And he did so through discernment.... Read more