swelling with the breath of God.
~Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) from “Antiphon for the Virgin”
translation by Barbara Newman
It must have been extraordinary for a young woman to be told by an angel she was to bear the Son of God. She is troubled despite his reassurance, completely perplexed about what it all meant. She asks because she needs to know: how will this happen?
We too are puzzled when God intervenes in our lives in ways that are completely unexpected and sometimes downright inconvenient. We are touched in ways we have never been touched before, as His power “overshadows” us so deeply that we can never possibly be the same. A transformation takes place, we are swollen with the breath of God and new life begins to grow in us.
We are all virgins before God touches our lives, filling us with the light and the Words of His spirit, despite our being sullied by the mire of the world. What makes Mary unique is her complete and total surrender to His will for her life: “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”
Let it be for us as well. May our hearts be made ready to bloom.