Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Book of the Prophet Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10, Psalm 40, Letter to the Hebrews 10:4-10,
& Luke 1:26-38
The Annunciation by Paolo de Matteis
Today marks three months since Christmas Day, and so when the Catholic Church celebrates Mary’s conceiving of Jesus. It is the date when the Word of God takes flesh through the body of a young Jewish woman who echoes the words of the psalmist, “May it be done to me according to your word.”
In today’s Solemnity, we hear an Advent prophecy foretelling a virgin will give birth to a child whose name will mean “God is with us.” In Luke’s Gospel narrative, we view a young woman struggling with giving her body and life to the mystery of actually giving life to the human body of Christ.
Today, my friends in faith, we watch the acceptance of the invitation to do God’s will from a questioning young woman of Nazareth. She has concerning questions and even excuses, as do all of us called to surrender to God’s ways. She is not yet married and is asked to be a mother. To complicate matters, she is to be the mother of God, the God Who is with us, “Immanuel.” Mary responds with a profoundly simple, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” It was a prayer of surrender.
As we near the end of Lent, we are faced with God’s invitation to do what we believe is the “Will of God.” We do not have angels announcing it to us, but we believe we have God’s grace to sense and respond to the invitation that the Father offers us. Why? Simple, He loves us!
Question of the Day: Will you, like Mary, surrender to the Will of God?
Prayer: “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Psalm 40)