Commentary on the Gospel of
The Angel that Leaves
“And the angel left her.” The moment Mary said “Yes” to God’s will, the angel left her! Wasn’t it the moment a horde of angels should have descended, stood guard for her day and night? After all, she was the Mother of God! But no! The angel simply left, never more to return during her earthly life. There would be no angel to help her explain the mysterious pregnancy to her family; no angel to find her a home in Bethlehem. No angel would protect her divine child miraculously from the sword of Herod, nor make her travel to Egypt easy. When the child of the promise was lost in the Temple, there was no angel whispering his whereabouts to her; nor when she had to stand beneath the cross with a sword piercing her heart, again. Mary had to walk her “yes” in the utter darkness of faith, and she did! How about me? How would I react when I see the angel leaving?