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White Coat Reflections

August, 2014


White Coat Reflections

On August 22, we celebrated the Feast Day of the Queenship of Mary. The Gospel reading at Mass was the passage of the Annunciation, where the angel, Gabriel, appears to Mary and says, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what such a greeting this might be. The passage goes on to describe the interaction between the angel and Mary. She is told she will conceive and give birth to a son, whom she is to call Jesus, and that he would be great and called the Son of the Most High. Mary asks the angel how this will occur and then after the explanation, she replies, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” The story is familiar to us and, because of that, it can lose some of the wonder and mystery. From Mary’s “yes”, the lives of all people were changed - - God’s love came to earth in the person of Jesus and brought about the salvation of all. One person’s “yes” to God’s call impacted all of creation!


Our “yes” to God can also make an impact in the world and in our families and communities. When I reflect upon the Annunciation story, I see Mary taking time to truly ponder and process what God is asking of her and then responding wholeheartedly out of love once God’s will became clear for her. It is this taking time to ponder, reflect, dialogue, and then respond that provides an example to us for how say “yes” to God in our own lives.


In our current society everything moves so fast! Information comes at us from all directions and in all forms. Just looking around at a restaurant or in a gathering of any kind, you will see people busily checking their digital devices for information of all kinds. Our lives are full of busy weeks, busy weekends, busy schedules, and busy vacations. Multi-tasking is considered to be a great talent to have and it appears on job applications and resumes. In this "busy-ness", however, I think that most of us can’t hear or see the “angels” God puts in our paths. Thus, we miss out on great opportunities to serve God out of our own love. We need to hit the “pause” button for our busy lives in order to see and hear and know our God and his love for us.


Mary gives us the example that in order to hear God and then to respond to God, we need to take time to ponder (spend time in prayer), to reflect on what we experience in that prayer, to dialogue with God, and then to respond wholeheartedly out of love for God once God’s will for us becomes clear. This can be our process for big decisions, as well as for the day to day opportunities God places in our lives in which God invites us to respond lovingly to his call for us.


May we each take time today to PAUSE, that we might ponder (pray), reflect, dialogue, and respond in love to the God who loves us. Our “yes” can change ourselves and the world!





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