Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Today the Church celebrates the day that the history of humanity was changed forever. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus said he came to do his Father’s will, which was to redeem us from our state of sin and death and reunite us with the Father now and for all eternity. The Blessed Virgin Mary imitates her Son when she says Yes to the Father’s plan, to be the mother of the Savior of the world.
Scriptures of the Day
The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us!”
New Testament Fulfillment: Luke 1:26–38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
Psalm: 40:7–8A; 8B–9; 10, 11
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
in the vast assembly.
What the Church Teaches About Mary
Resources from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception
- Mary in the Gospels
- Mary in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Mary in the teaching of the popes
- Mary in Vatican II
To Jesus Through Mary
Mary was the channel that God chose to come through to enter the world, to take on our flesh, humanity, and our suffering. Mary is also a channel through which we can go to know her son better, as well as his Holy Spirit. Her work was not limited to a specific time and place. Rather, Jesus allows his mother to continue her work from her privileged place in heaven, distributing graces to all who ask her assistance. Her Yes to God’s will earned her the title of the “New Eve” and “Mother of All Mankind.” Developing a relationship with Mary will help us develop our relationship with Jesus Christ, her son. You should not be afraid that you give too much honor to Mary. No human being will ever honor her more than her own son. To learn how Mary can help us do God’s will, I recommend Father Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat.
Questions of the Day
- Whose will are you doing?
- Will you give God your Yes!?
- Will you give Mary your Yes! and ask her help in becoming the saint God created you to be?