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Homily – March 25 2020

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SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION 2020

Gospel: Lk 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“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 called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for 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.

Dear brothers and sisters,

We are suffering, yes, we are all suffering. Yet, TODAY we must celebrate in our hearts this beautiful Solemnity of the Annunciation.

“DO NOT BE AFRAID!”

At the root of our incapacity to control our history, in the weakness that overwhelmingly emerges inside this dark tunnel called “the coronavirus,” TODAY the angel ‘s announcement is ready to lay down the seed of the IMPOSSIBLE already made POSSIBLE.

Obedience to the will of God in this time is necessary. What is the will of God for you today? Perhaps you have never asked yourself this question. For the Virgin Mary, it was on that day she BELIEVED that God would do the IMPOSSIBLE, for her to become the Mother of God. For you and me, TODAY is the day is to conceive Jesus Christ in our hearts, as did the Virgin. TODAY is the day to believe that Jesus Christ can make you happy. TODAY is the day, wherever you are, sick or healthy, at home or at work, to experience the NOW and not the tomorrow. TODAY is the day to experience ETERNAL LIFE in your hearts.

Again, brothers and sisters, as the angel announces, “DO NOT BE AFRAID!”

What we are suffering today is destined to become PURE JOY! I am not exaggerating.

The joy of Mary, mother of the joy of the Messiah, risen from the dead, who destroyed sin, is ready for us TODAY!

The joy of forgiving the spouse who betrayed, forgiving the relative who slandered us, forgiving those who did us the most terrible of injustices is possible, “for nothing will be impossible for God.” It is enough to listen and say, with Mary, through our AMEN.

TODAY, Nazareth is your home, your marriage, your loneliness, or your hospital room. Everything in our life is impregnated with the Holy Spirit, who fulfills the Paschal Mystery of Christ in every moment and in every place. Again, my dear brothers and sisters, “DO NOT BE AFRAID!” DEATH HAS BEEN OVERCOME. WE WILL NOT DIE FOREVER!

Do not listen to the devil, who today whispers to you and tries to convince you that God has abandoned us. This is a LIE, the most subtle, yet most deadly of all lies. “Ex malo bonum” said St. Augustine, which from Latin into English is “from evil comes good.” In other words, God will transform this pandemic into something GOOD simply because GOD IS GOOD!

God bless you all,

Fr. Mauro

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, 25 March 2020