Spring has sprung
March 20th marks the first day of spring. As I sit here writing this article it is a balmy 37 degrees outside. It may not feel like spring but I digress, the calendar says it’s spring, so we will accept that fact. Springtime is a time of renewal and new birth. Nature is a living witness to us of the amazing power of God. Buds spring forth on bushes and trees. Beautiful perennials push their way through the earth and raise their flowered heads toward the warming sunlight. Life is born anew from the dreary dormancy of winter. The annual cycle of nature’s beauty starts once more.
Springtime for humanity
In a few short days we will celebrate the feast day of another event of renewal and rebirth. March 25th marks the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord. Mary’s fiat, her yes, changed the course of human history forever. The anticipated messiah would finally arrive and God’s people would be renewed forever. The springtime of humanity had finally come with one simple word uttered by a humble virgin.
On the Annunciation the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen says:
When the angel appeared to Mary, God was announcing this love for the new humanity. It was the beginning of a new earth, and Mary became ‘a flesh-girt Paradise to be gardened by the new Adam.’ As in the first garden Eve brought destruction, so in the garden of her womb, Mary would now bring Redemption.
Mary’s unselfish yes put forth into motion, in a new way, the mercy of the Father. A renewed springtime for humanity did indeed arrive with Mary’s fiat. The fall of Adam and Eve would finally be corrected with the new Adam (Jesus) and the new Eve(Mary). In effect the coming of Christ would bring new life to the faithful.
Tertullian noted about the Annunciation:
Now, since He is the blossom of the stem which sprouts from the root of Jesse; since, moreover, the root of Jesse is the family of David, and the stem of the root is Mary descended from David, and the blossom of the stem is Mary’s son, who is called Jesus Christ, will not He also be the fruit?
A mission for today
As spring arrives this year I propose we ignite a renewal, a new springtime in our spiritual lives. A springtime that will blossom and grow and eventually radiate outward from ourselves to others in our lives. This will in turn allow each of us to take part a new springtime…..a springtime of the New Evangelization.
So this week let us each take stock of our lives. Let us each commit to actively re-igniting our faith. Let us cut out the dead limbs and shake off the dormancy of winter. Allow spring to take hold of our spiritual lives. Mary is our role model. All we have to do is willingly say yes, step aside, and let God handle the details.
St. Josemaria Escriva said it best:
Following her example of obedience to God, we can learn to serve delicately without being slavish. In Mary we don’t find the slightest trace of the attitude of the foolish virgins, who obey, but thoughtlessly. Our Lady listens attentively to what God wants, ponders what she doesn’t fully understand and asks about what she doesn’t know. Then she gives herself completely to doing God’s will: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word.
Stay tuned in the weeks to come as here at Biblezon we will cover a myriad of topics that will help renew and strengthen your faith. Together we can move forward and evangelize our friends and family. All you have to do is say yes…the rewards are eternal.