SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God”
With a simple "yes" from Mary, man's fortune changed.
God created Mary pure and without sin. She had found favor with God and she was to be the Mother of God. And it was in her acceptance or fiat that humanity was connected with the divine. And so in this miracle, began the salvation of mankind.
God had entrusted His Son to the care of our Mother Mary. She was to bear, carry, raise and care for His only Son. Mary is also our Mother and she helps and leads us to her Son. There should be no reluctance in going to Mary for help in our sufferings, supplications and worries. As God trusted her, we, too, trust her in our spiritual growth toward God.
My relationship with Mary was barely existent til a few years ago when I consecrated myself to Our Lord Jesus Christ through Mary. I have been blessed with the same tender care she had for her Son as I have learned to entrust my spiritual life to her.
Let’s beg Our Lady to intercede for us, especially for our Priest, and to teach us how to find grace with God.
Oh Mary, queen of the Apostles, make your Priests holy!