UNBORN WORD of the day

August 10, 2007, 7:15 pm
Filed under: The Incarnation


Mother and Child reading the Word—Michael D. O’brien



by Sister M. Linus Coyle, PBVM

When was it, Lord,

    your Mother looked long and,

    oh, so lovingly at You

    as you sat down beside her?

For You had asked so eagerly

    to have her tell you of your birth.

Then did she tell you how she felt

    when Gabriel came?

What it was like to comprehend

    his message or its meaning?

And did she say that

    there she was  — so little, so young..

    her God so great!

She felt that awful sense of being

    emptied out of all that she

    might call “her ” own – so powerless

    but yet so full, so very full of LOVE.

Then did she tell you, too,

    how suddenly she felt compelled

    because of LOVE

    to answer, “Yes!”

Unburdened of all doubt, all fear,

    Open to accept, to choose to be

    in total trust, in total truth,

    Mother of the “Promised One”.

And it was then, it was there

   You grew

Within the silence of

    Her VIRGIN womb. 


Sister M. Linus Coyle belongs to the order of the Sisters of the Presentation. She receives our e-newsletter and sent us this beautiful poem/reflection on the Annunciation.


*Artist Commentary: (about above painting) The mother and the child are not reading letters on a page, but the “word” in each other’s faces. The mother of Christ is the first word Jesus sees, a face in which love and truth are perfectly in harmony. In the face of her son, Mary sees the Word of God incarnate, made from her own flesh.







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