Thursday of the Second Week
ReflectionIn today’s Gospel we are reminded of the Annunciation. Angel Gabriel, sent from God, comes to Mary to make an announcement difficult to comprehend. Mary, who was greatly troubled by Gabriel and what was said, goes on to ask “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” Mary’s response reminds me of how something that may seem so impossible is able to be made possible by God. I am also reminded of when I have felt troubled, yet have remembered not to be afraid because the Lord is always with me.
Coming to USD seemed so impossible back when I was in high school. It seemed impossible to move away from home, attend a university I had never visited, and stay as long as I have now. Being the first to attend college in my family, and making it this far appeared to be the impossible, very much like Mary’s experience. God works through my everyday life and when things don’t seem to be going the way I would want them to be, I have faith in God. My mom’s constant reminder, “si dios quiere,” allows me to reflect on where I am today, with the grace of God. Mary’s interaction with and stunned reaction to Gabriel allows me to reflect upon all the interactions I have with people, and realize how God could be speaking to me through someone else. It almost seems impossible to think God is speaking to me through other people, but I’m reminded that God can make the impossible possible. A trip to Tijuana, earlier in the semester, gave me the opportunity to be in solidarity with a youth group. With their interactions I experienced an ineffable grace and happiness, there I felt the presence of God.
God’s spirit is working through us, through the interactions we have with one another. For nothing is impossible for God, Mary accepts saying “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” We are all made in the image of God; let us not fear the impossible as the scripture reminds us that God can make anything possible. Let us be open to the idea that God works through our everyday lives through experiences, interactions, challenges, triumphs, and prayer.
-Julio Campos Morales '16