Immersing Ourselves in the Theo-drama
“Mary in the mystery of her annunciation and visitation is the very model of the way you should live, because first she received Jesus in her life, then she went in haste to give herself to her cousin Elizabeth; what she had received, she had to give. You must be like her, giving in haste the word you have received in meditation.” ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta
On the heels of yesterday’s Gospel Reading of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) today’s Gospel (Luke 1:39-45) takes us back to the Visitation. Scripture tells us that Mary “set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah.” It was there that she would encounter her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant in her own right, poised to give birth to the baby who would grow up to be the man known as John the Baptist.
Much like the great St. Teresa of Calcutta in our opening quote today, Luke speaks of the sense of urgency with which our Blessed Mother was compelled to act by virtue of his use of the word “haste.” Why was it important for him to describe the speed at which Mary planned her course of action, her purpose? For that matter, why was it important for Mary to set out for what would be a long and arduous journey in haste?
Bishop Barron suggests that her haste was brought about by the fact that she had discerned her divine mission, her role in what he calls the “theo-drama.” While we are dominated today by the ego-drama of the secular world and all of its ramifications, implications and consequences, Mary chose instead to i develop tunnel vision for this theo-drama, this great story being told by our Creator.
Love for God cannot limit itself to words. It must be made manifest in our actions, in our service to others. Mary not only greets Elizabeth, she actively serves her aging and pregnant cousin in her time of need. Whether it was going to the well to draw water, sweeping the dust and dirt from their humble home, washing, hanging and drying her clothes, she no doubt stepped up to whatever task the situation required. Maybe she assisted with the cooking, baking, preparing meals, setting the table, washing the dishes and/or cleaning the kitchen.
Throughout her life, Mary had a keen knack for identifying her role and serving in whatever capacity was necessary regardless of the circumstances. In Mary’s penultimate moment, her Fiat, she took on an enormously vital role. Like Mary, we too must determine and step up to our role in God’s story. Saint Teresa of Calcutta was known to urge those who sought her guidance to “find their Calcutta.” She knew that not everyone was called as she was, to serve the most severely marginalized, neglected and impoverished. But she also knew that everyone was called to serve someone. Through careful discernment, silent time spent in prayer and Eucharistic Adoration and a willingness to do God’s will, we too can carve out our role in the Theo-drama.
In four days we will celebrate the birth of our Savior; His Kingdom is at hand. His Kingdom is to come.
“O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law, come to save us Lord our God.”