"And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed." - Luke 1:46-48
Prayer: Lord, help us to like Mary learn to be docile to Your will and Your promptings. Help us to trust and surrender everything to You, that in doing so we may experience Your work within us and recognize that You desire to make Your dwelling within us too. Amen.
Solemnity of the Annunciation
Today, let yourself see the beauty and the immensity of the moment of the incarnation. That the all-powerful God loves us enough to become one of us and to make us like Himself. This feast day celebrates one of the most unique moments in salvation history.
One beautiful moment to recall is the moment that God first entered the meeting tent of Moses, this moment signified God's presence among His people. His desire to be among them. To hear their prayers and meet their needs. And now as God greets Mary through an angel, we hear of God's deeper desire to become one of us. In God taking on human flesh this is the beginning of God signaling to us that He wants to be present and available for all men. That now as a result of Mary's willingness to say, 'Yes," to God, human beings are forever changed as God chose to unite Himself to us.
Recall the wonder of God's being, that He created and sustains everything. Think of the cosmos, the galaxies and stars, the planetary bodies, the careful crafting of our earth, all the plants, and animals, all the grains of sand in the rivers and seas, and then there is us, think of all the conversations, all the thoughts passing through peoples' minds, those awake and asleep. God is available and present to all, and this God became man. The author of life, in fact Life itself, entered the sacred place of Mary's womb. And through the rest of Jesus's life, ministry, passion and death God made it so that He could dwell in us. This is possible through baptism, and renewed in confession, and supremely and sublimely offered and realized in us when we receive Holy Communion, the very Author of Life itself in us.
Hopefully, this Solemn Feast moves our hearts and minds to marvel at the splendor of God, and changes us that we might be changed every time that we receive the Eucharist.
May God richly bless you!