SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD
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Dear brethren in Christ, on March 25, the Universal Church will commemorate the Annunciation of Our Lord, perhaps the most important event in the history of mankind: God becomes Man, and will remain so forever.
In the Annunciation of Our Lord, St. Gabriel the Archangel communicated to Mary that she was to be the Mother of the Son of God. Addressing Mary as “FULL OF GRACE”, that is, “enriched from the first instant of her conception with the splendour of an entirely unique holiness; . . . (cf. Lk 1:28), Mary receives God’s salvific message to which she replies, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word’ (Lk 1:38).
- It is a day of joy and thanksgiving for through Mary’s “YES (Fiat!),” her faithful, obedient and loving consent to God’s plans, God entered into the history of humanity, taking the form of flesh in Mary’s womb through the work of the Holy Spirit. Thus, Mary took an active part in the entire saving/redemptive work of her Son, Jesus
With Mary’s single “YES” to God’s Will, God became Man, He came into the world and physically united Himself with mankind and our moment of our salvation has commenced. But do we realize that all these depended on the freedom, generosity and obedience of one human being?
- With this we can unmistakably comprehend why Our Lady, Blessed Virgin Mary, occupies a sublime place in the History of Salvation and is venerated in the Catholic Church over and above any other saint. Through her single faithful, obedient and loving YES to God’s plans, “The Word mas made flesh and dwelt among us,” and Mary, becomes the Mother of Jesus Christ, Our Lord God, Saviour of the world.
Dear friends, let us be docile and magnanimous in carrying out God’s plans for us by saying YES to Him in many little things during the day, knowing that this free, humble, loving and obedient consent to God is the loftiest choice our freedom can do and that in this positive response to God’s will done out of love, we are co-redeeming with Him like Our Mother Mary did. With the help of Our Lady, let us tell our Lord:
“HERE I AM LORD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL (Ps 40: 8a;9a).”
Let us remind ourselves frequently:
“Many great things depend — don’t forget it — on whether you and I live our lives as God wants (St. Josemaría, The Way, n. 755).”
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