Gospel of the day: Luke 1:26-38
Thanks be to God! It’s the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and I love today!
All the readings today have to do with doing God’s will. The correlation between the first reading and the Gospel is one simple word: Emmanuel. In the first reading from Isaiah, it is said that “the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us!”. How amazing it that! Then in the second reading from Hebrews, it says, “Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God.'” YES! Come to do YOUR will!
“Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do.”- St. John Vianney
The Annunciation is such a beautiful event. It shows us that no matter what stage in the walk of life we are on, we are all called to do the will of God. For Mary, she was probably around the age of 14, with no husband, and never had any relations with a man. For an angel to appear to her and say, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”, thats pretty intense. As we try to imagine this occurrence, it is hard to wonder what Mary’s reaction was. Was she frozen? Was she shocked? Was she laughing? Was she crying? How in the world are you suppose to react when an angel comes and tells you that you are going to bear the Son of God?
“Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.” – Pope Benedict XVI
Mary is one pretty legit woman. She took the uncertainty surrounded by judgment, gossip, and lies, and embraced the wonderful gift given to her by God. This is what we are all called to do. The Annunciation is another reminder to always say YES to God. We know He is with us -hence the Emmanuel- and wants us to live a life in accord with His will. She shows us that no matter who you are or what stage of your life you are in, there is never a wrong time to say YES to God.
In my mind, I like to believe there was no hesitation between the angel Gabriel and Mary’s “YES“; for it was her her duty on this Earth to bear the Son of God.
“Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”- Luke 1:38
God is calling you now. He is walking with you on your journey towards Him and He is calling you by name. She said YES, but how are you going to say YES to God’s will today?