The WORD in Other Words by Fr Michael Layugan SVD (Philippines)
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord
An angel appeared to Mary and announced to her that she would bear the Son of God. She was perplexed by the news, and she reacted with a question — how is it possible? — a question anybody would have asked if she were in the same situation.
After the angel explained to her that it was God‘s will, she responded with her fiat —a trust based on faith. Mary was called, was given a role and accepted it with these words, “May it be done to me according to your word.”
Participation in God‘s mission is not just meant for the priest, the religious, or the missionary. Each one of us is called and is given a role in the community where we belong. Every baptized Christian participates in God‘s mission as a teacher, as a government employee, as a market vendor, as a taxi driver, as an accountant, as a farmer, as a doctor, as a lawyer, as a secretary in a parish, or as a parishioner.
By virtue of our baptism, we have become bearers of the Word. We make the Word alive in the classroom, in the government office, in the marketplace and in every place and circumstance where we encounter people.
Our participation in God‘s mission starts from who we are. Our vocation is who we are, and it also calls for a response. Mary gives us an example of how to respond to God‘s invitation — “May it be done to me according to your word.”