annunciation - small - blogWritten By: David Gilbert

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us!” (John 1:14)

Today is bigger than Christmas! Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord! It is the day where the Word, Jesus Christ, was made flesh and dwelt among us.

 “The Annunciation to Mary inaugurates “the fullness of time”, the time of the fulfillment of God’s promises and preparations. Mary was invited to conceive him in whom the “whole fullness of deity” would dwell “bodily”.” (CCC 484)

Mary’s “yes” to God (her “Fiat”), “Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38) was her consent to God’s word thus making her the Mother of Jesus and the incarnation took place.

The annunciation to Mary and incarnation of the Word constitute the deepest mystery of the relationship between God and men and the most important event in the history of mankind: God becomes man, and will remain so forever, such is the extent of his goodness and mercy and love for all of us. And yet on the day when the second person of the Blessed Trinity assumed frail human nature in the pure womb of the Blessed Virgin, it all happened quietly, without fanfare of any kind. St Luke tells the story in a very simple way..[1]

We should treasure these words of the Gospel (Luke1:26-38) and reflect/ meditate on them daily. Consider praying the Angelus every day and meditating on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

May you and your family have a blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation!

 

[1] Saint Luke’s Gospel. (2005). (p. 30). Dublin; New York: Four Courts Press; Scepter Publishers.

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