From her smallness and her poverty at the moment of the Annunciation, Our Lady contemplates the greatness of God who has looked upon her with love. Despite her problems, which were not few, she lives with joy because she trusts totally in the Lord and feels loved and cared for by him. God fulfills all her desires. She doesn’t need anything apart from God to live with joy, to be happy.
Our Lady teaches us something as simple as letting God gaze upon us; always trusting in him; feeling welcomed and enveloped in his tenderness; being cared for with a thoughtful, compassionate love; and, being continually forgiven with mercy.
Bishop @silviojbaez “Our Lady teaches us something as simple as letting God gaze upon us.” #VirginMaryTweet
This fundamental feeling, which is at the root of faith, by instilling joy in us gives us a new capacity, by faith, to overcome the most painful and difficult moments. It enables us to act with mercy towards others, serving and caring for one another; and it also gives us the strength and creativity to imagine and build a new society based on freedom, social justice and respect for human dignity. If we were sad, none of this could be done.
Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
7 December 2019
The Bishop at his best as always. What powerful, positive insights. I can endorse the comment about sadness!
It’s true. This entire homily was a powerhouse of prayerful insights.