Monday: 25th March, 2019
Reference text: Luke 1:26-38
Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Whenever the Annunciation, the announcement to Mary by the Angel Gabriel that she would be the mother of Jesus, is mentioned; our minds are immediately drawn to the young virgin and her decision to accept this huge responsibility. However, when one looks at the message which was delivered to Mary, its content although implausible, was rather attractive.
The son to be born was described in these words: “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:32-33). I don’t know about you, but if I received such a description about the child I was to bear, surely it would be an honour to be their parent.
At this moment, the course of Jesus’ life, his passion and resurrection were not revealed to Mary because it was not the right moment to. Hence we can consider this question: ‘Had Mary been made privy to that whole picture, would her answer have been any different? That is for us to ponder on.
Yet, the one thing that sticks out was critical information management; which saw clear regulation of the amount and nature of information revealed at each stage of this Annunciation to Mary. Beloved, even though often we may want to say things how they are, how we know it is always said and how we feel it should be said; should we? Can we do something about the information we have?
Remember# You do not need to tell lies, but you do need to apply critical information management at every opportunity.