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"Risen Lamb Writings"

" Whispers of Light" (part 13)

          From the moment of the Annunciation, Mary internalized and  embraced fully the words spoken to her by God through the angel, Gabriel, "For nothing will be impossible for God" (Luke 1:37). These words were to become the very fabric of  Mary's life of faith. She believed that from the "seed" of God's promise there would always come forth a "harvest" of fulfillment. At the Annunciation Mary entrusted herself with all her heart, mind and will to the promise of God. She is the woman of hope who, like Abraham, "believed, hoping against hope" (Rom. 4:18). Mary lived her whole life with the certainty that God was near to her, and that God fulfills His promises. This is the certitude that Mary desires to form intercessors in. She:

"Did not doubt God's promise in unbelief; rather, [she] was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to do" (Rom. 4:20-21).

At the Visitation Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, confirms the true depth of Mary's faith when she says:

"Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled" (Luke 1:45).

           From the Annunciation onward, Mary's response in faith would shape her very inner being:

"I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word" (Luke 1:38).

One can never grow weary of citing Mary's consent; for, it constitutes the very nature of her inmost being, the sanctuary of her heart. Mary allowed God to possess her completely. The bold, fundamental truth, "For nothing will be impossible for God", can only be received and believed steadfastly by a "Marian"-formed heart: A heart formed in Marian faith, Marian trust and Marian surrender. 

          At the Annunciation Mary "believed, hoping against hope"; on Calvary, standing at the foot of the cross as she witnessed the dying of "her Lamb", Mary "believed, hoping against hope"; and, in the upper room as Jesus spoke the words, " Behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49), Mary "believed, hoping against hope." Here too, she was convinced that, "Nothing will be impossible for God." In the upper room at these words of her crucified-resurrected Son, Mary was again able to respond with a mature heart, "May it be done to me according to your word." Yet now, Mary speaks these words not only for herself, but also on behalf of each of those who not only accompany her in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, but also on behalf of every heart that will ever open itself to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the age of the Church. Mary recognizes the voice of her Spouse, the Holy Spirit in the words of Jesus. Yes, He will come. He will descend again: "God, [will remember] his mercy, according to his promise" (Luke 1:54,55).

          It is absolutely imperative that intercessors have Marian hearts, minds, spirits and wills. With Mary, God desires us to dare to believe that "Nothing will be impossible for God" to do in our age. We are to live and pray with this certainty, standing boldly in the breach with courage and perseverance. Regardless of how dark and troubling our times may become, we dare to believe that the Lamb who was slain has already received the scroll containing the history of our present age and has already broken open its seals (see Rev. 5;6;8). He is Lord of all ages, all times and all history!:

"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed" (John 20:29).

Questions:

1)   Are there any current, personal promises of God that I am "standing on" with faith and praying towards their fulfillment?

2)   In what ways does my sense of "Marian" faith, trust and surrender still need to grow and mature ?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; Ps. 116:10; Mt. 9:28-29; Mt. 15:28; Rom. 10:17; 1Cr. 16:13-14

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