Coming to Holy Land is coming to visit sites where our faith was born, where it first took root. Today’s journey into our inner selves reached a road sign at a junction on our spiritual path. It asked, “Where do YOU want to go?”
The words of Mary and the silence of Joseph at their personal annunciations searched deep in our hearts for what Jesus is trying to tell us on this pilgrimage. What is our personal annunciation? We strained to listen for the answer from our hearts, here now barely audible as we find ourselves lost in the events of our personal lives.
The day began with the last words of Mary found in the bible. At Cana she said to “do whatever He tells you”. It was here too that Jesus performed his first miracle. And it is here today that we heard the first words in our group prayer that will lead us to the healing Jesus want to give us. For some of us, our life transformed would be a miracle in itself.
Mary did whatever she was told and her little ‘yes’ gave us salvation for all man. The Basilica of The Annunciation is huge and hugely impressive, somewhat like a big cave trying to house the exploding effect of a little ‘yes’, now with the glorious splendour the “yes” has consequently created. In front of the small grotto where the angel appeared to Mary we knelt in silence, awed and touched.
We went on to Magdala, the only place where 1st century stone structures were never built on and over. Here was the place of Mary of Magdala, one chosen to be privileged to be first to encounter the Risen Christ. Here ancient stones spoke. Here, history, present and future is one because the Risen Lord lives!
In our sharing of our personal annunciation, our personal history was made relevant in the context of our present spiritual life. Fused together we could see that it formed a path on which the Risen Christ had walked all along with us. We are now at this crossroad pondering on where we now want to go. We want to take up the invitation of Jesus to come closer to be loved and healed, to know him better in scripture that has come alive before our eyes, to say “yes” to the calling in our hearts to transform and to change our lifestyles so that we can embrace our annunciation as a call to mission, simply to make his love known.
We seek to be rooted in faith so that through us will sprout shelters of love.