Friday, June 18

Simplicity in Radical Responses

Lenten Reflection:

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.
-From Luke 1:26-38


Back in the day when I first started the ordination process, we looked at stories of call and response in the Bible.  Where has God called out and how have people responded.  There is, of course, the burning bush and Moses, Eli and Samuel and the "dream," Jeremiah, David, and on and on.  God calls, people respond.  But my favorite story is that of Mary.  How fully trusting she was.  Dumped with this incredible tale by a fearsome angel, her response is, "I am a servant of the Lord."  No ego.  No attachment to life as it is.  Just simple, radical response.

I wonder what the world would be like if we all responded with a simple radical response?

Lately, I have found to be a helpful meditative tool.  Of course I was able to find a simply divine meditation on the annunciation.  Initially, I went there looking for Marty Haugen's version of the annunciation and magnificat which is wonderful (from Holden Evening Prayer).  But I found this instead.  Well worth the 5ish minutes.  Listen.  What is being requested?  What will your response be?

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