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Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

Through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous" (Rom 5:19) - Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

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Let Us Be Doers Of The Word…(James 1:22) - Fr. Augustine Vallooran V.C.

A remarkable and sanctified moment arises in the history of human salvation as God sends his angel to proclaim the Good News to Mary of Nazareth. She would be the Mother of the Saviour of the whole world.

This great moment turned out to be a most solemn and sacred event in history. Here is God, the Almighty, waiting patiently before a humble, village girl for her decisive consent to the initiation of the history of salvation.

The very moment the first man with a Paradise-experience committed sin, God had promised a Saviour for humankind. The plan of God was that His Son shall take on human flesh and he shall be the one to redeem men and women from all their sinfulness.

Over the ages, God (through the prophets) had prepared Israel, His chosen people, to receive the Saviour. When the time for the coming of the Saviour drew closer, a woman was chosen to bring forth the Saviour into the world. A simple woman was to be the Mother of the Saviour, a mother who would receive the Saviour in her heart and bear him in her womb, giving him her own blood and life. Then, she was to give birth at the appointed time and with true motherly devotion and care, she would foster the growth of the child to maturity, preparing her Divine Son to face the Cross at Calvary.

The angel having announced the Good News that Mary is to become the Mother of the Saviour, the Son of God now waits for her reply. God does not compel Mary to be so, but through the angel, makes known His plan of salvation to Mary and then waits for a reply. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Rev.3: 20).

How could this simple girl have known the importance of such a glorious moment in the history of salvation? She stands perplexed. It is only natural that she, a simple village girl, would be unable to grasp the mystery of God’s wisdom and His redemption plan for humankind. "The Holy Spirit will come upon you". He assures Mary that these things would happen, not in the natural human way, but in a Divine way by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"God has chosen you to be the Mother of the Saviour. This is the plan of God for you. Nothing is impossible for God."(Luke 1:35,37)

Indeed, everything is possible for God. Mary was more than satisfied with this reply of the angel. It was more than sufficient for her and without a second thought or doubt in her mind, she promptly said: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done according to your Word."(Luke1:38)

Mary thus gives herself in total surrender to the fulfillment of the mighty plan of God for the salvation of the world. In fact, the Saviour was born in her the very moment Mary, the Virgin, entrusted her life to God. This was a sublime moment, making the great beginning of the salvation of humankind.

I once happened to dwell on this Biblical portion, in the human way of reasoning. What if Mary had said "No…impossible" to the annunciation of the angel? What would have happened to that situation? "It is indeed wonderful to become the mother of the Saviour, but I am quite content with my present state of life. As far as I am concerned, what you say is far beyond my imagination. Leave me alone. It is not for me to do this…" What would have been the outcome if Mary had responded in this manner?

This is probably the reply we would have given if we were in Mary’s position. But Mary, submitting herself to the will of God, entrusted her life in His hands so all that God desired to do through her life may be accomplished.

Has God not sent His angel many a time to us for our own salvation and for the salvation of others? Has he not waited many a time to hear our reply? Surely God wanted us to lead to His way of salvation, many a broken family in our neighborhood, and people who had gone astray. Sure enough, God waited for our response to His plan of salvation. But then…?

The message of salvation was lost for many, and families were orphaned due to our indifference and lack of submission to the will of God. We turned a deaf ear to the voice of God and, so to say, defeated the plan of salvation for many people.

The world in which we exist today is fast moving from darkness to more darkness. It looks as though we remain afar cursing the darkness instead of trying to be a spark of light in the midst of the darkness.

God gives us the same promise of the Holy Spirit, which He gave to Mary, the simple village girl of Nazareth. Let us not hesitate. Let us give a prompt reply for the fulfillment of God’s plan of redemption in our lives and in those of others.

Let us pray:
O Lord, grant us the courage to make our lives a mission for You – that others will find hope and salvation in You. May Your Spirit burn within our hearts so that we will be transformed to do Your Will at all times. Let us not be indifferent to all those in our families, our workplace, and our communities who are in need to know You and to experience Your Love through us. Be with us, Lord, and guide us on our mission to "Be Doers of The Word"
Amen.
 
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MAGNIFICAT in Bangalore

Celebrate an evening with our Lord in Bangalore at the 'Magnificat' on December 16, 2017. Services to be led by Fr Augustine Vallooran VC. All are welcome.

Venue: St. Joseph's Boys' School Chapel, Museum Road, Bangalore

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