Having gotten off track spiritually (I confess to being totally caught up in the Twilight saga, which has disrupted my prayer and scripture routines) yesterday’s Solemnity of the Annunciation was a great reminder that any day is a good day to start fresh and do better.
It was a strange day liturgically. We just finished Lent a week ago, during which time we sacrificed through almsgiving, prayer, and fasting, as we remembered Christ’s death on the cross. Now we are in the midst of the Easter season, joyfully celebrating Christ’s resurrection. And yet yesterday we celebrated the Annunciation, remembering when the Angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Christ Child to the Blessed Mother. In just nine month’s time, we will again celebrate His birth.
Roughly two thousand years ago, on a day that started off just like any other day, Mary received startling, amazing, miraculous news. The Messiah would be born, and she had been chosen as His mother!
How do we wait in joyful hope? We do everything we can to keep our hearts and minds pure. We partake of the sacraments, and go to reconciliation frequently. We share the Gospel through our love and generosity. We try to live each and every day as handmaids of the Lord, and when we fail, we make up our minds to do better.
Clearly, allowing myself to become totally engrossed in novels about vampires and werewolves does not in any way fulfill the requirements. Especially when it has directly contributed to the neglect of my prayer-life, housework, and professional responsibilities. Fortunately, today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I’ve decided to reorient myself around my “one word” for 2013, self-discipline. If it takes me more than three days to finish the remaining two books, I believe I will have succeeded in some small measure. 🙂 If my house is clean for Bible study Thursday morning, if I’ve actually completed the homework, if I keep up with the “Impossible Novena” and daily Rosary prayer, and if I manage to cross off the bulk of my to-do-list before the week’s end, I’ll be quite content with my progress. I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s a post over on Practicing Catholic on Beginning Again that I thought you might enjoy as well!