The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Mar 25, 2020

Daily Reflection- Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation. (Is 7:10-14; 8:10; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38) 

On this day the Church commemorates the coming of the Archangel Gabriel to announce to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she was to be the Mother of the promised Redeemer. On this same day, God the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, assumed a human nature, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and became the Son of Mary. It fits to say, this date is, therefore a double feast: - the Annunciation of the maternity of the Blessed Virgin, and the Incarnation of the Son of God. 

Annunciatiion by Dominican Monk Fra Angelico

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, we learn of the great trust and faithfulness that Mary exemplifies. After hearing the angel Gabriel’s greeting, and how she would conceive and bear a son, Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Mary’s “YES” echoes the refrain from today’s Psalm: “Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.” (Ps 40:7-11)Her YES was not sudden, she had already been saying YES to God all her life. 

Annunciation, Kyiv, Seveth century

Annunciation. Modern Icon by Irina Bogdanova

So often in our lives, when someone asks something of us, we stop to consider all the pros and cons, and consequences of our ‘yes’. Mary, instead, accepts what is presented to her – and ready to do God’s will. 

Paolo de Matteis, Italian, 1662–1728

Of course, unlike Mary, we are not sinless. We need to develop habits and virtues that continually direct us to God and to a life of obedience to him. Experts tell us that it is very difficult to suddenly say ‘yes’ to something so great, without the benefit of our many smaller ‘yeses’ beforehand. We can practice our smaller ‘yeses’ by following Mary’s example of trust and faithfulness, (even in the face of fear and confusion). When we are faced with a moment of uncertainty, or the unexpected, such as the coronavirus pandemic, our constant ‘yes’ to God’s willwill continue to bring Christ into the world where his healing power is most needed, right NOW. AMEN. 

Peace be with you! 

Fr. Frank Lubowa 

 

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