“And the angel said to her ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom, there will be no end.’…
…And Mary said ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:30-33, 38
have you ever wondered how simple misunderstandings result to severed ties, destroyed friendships, couples split-up and broken families? how about workplace foul-ups? ha-ha, now tell me about it.
yesterday was my lucky day.
a corporate volcano spewed verbal pyroclastics and an emotional flow of utter annoyance from the intense heat had taken place. if i had given into temptation, a full-blown eruption could have ensued. but thank God, i was able to hold my composure, and my joyful nature prevailed.
it all started with a simple email, the response of which should have been the answer to my query, or a simple idk ( i don’t know). but instead the recipient confronted me asking me why i sent him the email, that he was not the right person to send it to, that he doesn’t have any idea of what i was asking for. i tried to reason out with him but instead his voice took on a higher and angrier tone. i was dumbfounded because i have absolutely no idea where all that furor was coming from.
God knows how much patience kept my tolerance to a manageable level. until finally the guy got tired, probably because he did not get the reaction that he expected. he started to walk away. as he did, when i realized he already let his guard down, i told him with poise and dignity intact, “your reply could have been just a simple yes, no or i don’t know. no more, no less.” we could have spent our time in more productive endeavors, and preserved a bit of whatever is left of the wee respect that we still have for him.
the trouble with people is, sometimes we tend to read between the lines instead of accepting the message at face value. we are always suspicious that maybe, we are told with what was meant otherwise. if we keep living in doubt, then where will we find certainty?
today is the feast of the Annunciation. when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she will be the mother of God, indeed she was full of grace, she had enough faith to believe. just imagine if she did not say “let it be done unto me according to your word”.
Jesus is the message sent by our Father for our salvation. let us then, pray for discernment. so that when we respond, it wouldn’t rot in the outbox. but rather, by our acts of faith, we would be able to forward them. and through us, that same message of God would be sent.