With the Solemnity of the Annunciation, we reflect upon that moment, when the Angel announces to the Virgin Mary, betrothed to Joseph, that she was chosen by God to be the God-bearer. We hear Mary’s fiat – her ‘yes’ – to fully participate in God’s salvific plan for all humanity:
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
And with her ‘yes’, “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14)
I was struck by this reality tonight, reading the third antiphon for first vespers:
“The eternal Word, born of the Father before time began, today emptied himself for our sake and became man.”
The Annunciation by the angel Gabriel, and Mary’s availability to God’s plan, opens the doorway to the mystery of the Incarnation, that is so eloquently mentioned by Saint John’s first epistle:
“What was from the beginning, what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we looked upon and touched with our hands
concerns the Word of life–
for the life was made visible;
we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you
the eternal life that was with the Father
and was made visible to us–
what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you,
so that you too may have fellowship with us;
for our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
(1 John 1:1-3)
The Annunciation paved the way for us to adore God in the flesh, initially present in the first tabernacle, Mary’s womb. And so, we begin a nine-month pilgrimage with Mary to the Nativity; nine-months in which God ‘emptied himself’ taking on our weakest physical nature of total dependence on a woman. It is an opportune time, then, to also pray for the unborn, who share the vulnerability of the unborn Christ. They too, are fully present, in their mother’s womb.
Let us, remember then, to ask Mary on her feast day, to intercede for them.
Prayer to Our Lady of the Annunciation
Queen of heaven and earth,
daughter of the Father,
Mother of the divine Son,
spouse of the Holy Spirit,
I praise God for the unique grace given to you.
Mary, you became the great Mother of our divine Savior,
our Master, true Light of the world,
uncreated Wisdom, source of all truth and first Apostle of truth.
You gave the world the book to read, the eternal Word.
For this I bless the holy Trinity
and I ask you to obtain for me
the grace of heavenly wisdom,
to be a fervent disciple of Jesus
and to be lovingly devoted to the Church,
the pillar of truth.
Make the light of the Gospel
shine to the farthest bounds of the earth.
Queen of the Apostles, pray for us!
Prayer Source: Fr. James Alberione SSP
(H/T Divine Office)
Our Lady’s Life before the Annunciation, by Dr. Edward P. Sri
REMINDER: An efficacious way we can help Fr. Corapi and other accused Priests: A Novena for Fr John Corapi Novena begins today.
Happy Feast from Deacon Greg
Have Steak today – Indult for the Solemnity
Celebrating the Day of the Unborn Child
On the lighter side, from The Curt Jester, Mary’s Fiat
Fr. Frank Pavone, from a prolife perspective
Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, Full of Grace: Mary’s Yes and Ours