A People of Love: Ave Maria

Ave Maria Gratia plena
Maria Gratia plena
Maria Gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum

Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tui Jesus

Nunc et in hora mortis
In hora mortis, mortis nostrae
In hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria!

Luke 1:26-33

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 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 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 God 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.”

1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

‘Ave Maria’ is a Latin Catholic song describing how blessed Mary was for carrying the Son of God. She is uniquely blessed for being the only person ever to have this responsibility. But her privilege is not so different to ours. God has chosen now to inhabit us! To fill us with His Spirit in such measure that we would be called Temples of the Living God. For those of us who believe in Jesus and receive His Spirit we walk this earth as carriers of His presence. As walking, talking beacons of Holy love. That God would choose us, broken and weak, is a wonder! Yet it is because of our flaws that God’s love can be seen most clearly. His strength made perfect in weakness. His glory revealed in our lives.