Quote of the day, 25 March: Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.

It is very consoling to hear the explanation of the mystery that took place in the Virgin: “Nothing is impossible for God” (Lk 1:37). Nothing is impossible for Love. We must never think that everything depends exclusively on us. We need not live imprisoned by our capacities and our strengths. At times it seems that things are beyond repair, but beyond what we can see and understand, God is transforming everything for our good.

Bishop @silviojbaez “When we make room for God’s love and trust him, the impossible begins to become a reality.” #Annunciation

May we always count on the God of the impossible. When it seems that there is nothing that can be done, he is still there—God, for whom nothing is impossible.

Mary’s response to God is one of great simplicity: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). Mary is the woman of “yes”. In her, we find God’s “yes” to humanity and humanity’s “yes” to God. The Virgin welcomes God without hesitation and procrastination. She does so with joy as well as decisiveness.

“Let it be done” translates the Greek verb form, genoito, which indicates not the passive resignation of someone who has no other choice and lets things happen, but rather manifests the decision and responsibility of a person who actively commits herself. Our Lady accepts God’s plans as her own and welcomes the action of the Spirit in her heart and in her womb. In this way she becomes, as Benedict XVI called her, the “mother of the Word Incarnate” (Deus caritas est, 41).

Bishop @silviojbaez “God is still searching for men and women who, like Mary, will open up to him with infinite trust.” #Annunciation

God still needs people who are willing to collaborate with him in giving life to the world. He looks for men and women who are poor, who know how to hope and trust him, who take risks for others and aren’t afraid to be docile to the action of the Spirit like Mary. God is still searching for people who listen to his word and believe in his promises like Mary.

The Son of God was born in Bethlehem, but he is present in the world today because of our faith and love. God continues to seek out hearts like Mary’s, ready to believe that nothing is impossible for God.

Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.

Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily (excerpt), 20 December 2020

The Annunciation
Frans Francken II (Flemish, 1581-1642)
Oil on copper, 1615-1625
Art Institute of Chicago (Public domain)

Translation from the Spanish text is the blogger’s own work product and may not be reproduced without permission.

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