Principal’s Message: Week of March 22, 2015
5th Week of Lent
Dear Friends of St. Luke’s,
"But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end'." ~ Luke 1: 30-33
If you're old enough like me to know about Captain Courageous, you might remember that this supernatural comic book hero came to the aid of people who asked for courage. With fantastic strength, flight and virtual invulnerability, he soared into the daydreams of every young boy wishing to save the world from war.
Indulge me for a moment; I believe that courage is the distinguishing feature of the Annunciation.
Mary displays more courage than any fictional character, and more than a few real heroes. She also has more responsibility. Of all women living at that time, she was set apart to be the one to bear the Messiah. Mary would be the person most responsible for the child who would one day save the world.
Her response to God's call? "I am the Lord's servant...May your word to me be fulfilled." A teen of only about 14 years, she neither debated God's command – like Moses – nor did she run from her Maker – like Jonah. She freely gave up her own hopes and dreams in exchange for God's plan for her life.
This week we have our wonderful Book Faire taking place, safety drills being conducted, and our Family Monthly Supper on Wednesday evening being prepared by Ms. Jen of Pre-School! On Thursday, Bishop Blaire and many ministers within our diocese shall be partaking in the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, and, on Friday is our Stations of the Cross.
What is your life story? Sometimes – as you have realized by now – God has a different plan. As Mary courageously stood soul-pierced at the foot of the cross, the miracle of Jesus' birth became the miracle surrounding His death and resurrection. God was still in it. He is faithful even when we cannot see His working in our lives.