Audio Readings April 8, Monday The Annunciation of the Lord

The Annunciation of the Lord

Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you. (Luke 1:28)

Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10; Psalm 40:7-11; Hebrews 10:4-10;Luke 1:26-38

Imagine Mary sitting serenely on a crisp, clear evening. Although her marriage to Joseph is fast approaching, many medieval legends and paintings portray her as being absorbed in thoughts of God and not wrapped up in elaborate wedding plans. She is often depicted as contemplating a well-known Scripture verse: “The virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

Perhaps Mary echoed the prayer of many of her fellow Jews—a prayer for God to send his Messiah. Perhaps she even wished for the privilege of seeing this Messiah or sitting at his feet and learning from him. Whatever she was doing, she probably didn’t know that Isaiah’s prophecy foresaw her own virginal motherhood. She probably had no idea that in a few moments, history would change radically with the appearance of an angel. But there Gabriel was, inviting her not only to see the Messiah but to bear him in her womb!

Through Mary, we see the Father’s generosity. She offered her virginity; he gave her motherhood. She accepted an unconventional, taboo pregnancy; he made her mother of all believers. She wrapped herself in humility and lowliness; he exalted her above all creation. Her yes cancelled Eve’s no, and brought life once again to Eve’s offspring.

Today’s feast encourages us to thank God for the gift of our mother, Mary. It also encourages us to follow Mary’s example of faithfulness, prayer, and generosity of spirit. No matter how small our acts of prayer or service—from a simple but heartfelt Our Father to volunteering to wash the church linens—nothing escapes our Father’s eyes. Just as Mary’s yes overturned centuries of sin, our yes to God can unleash a tidal wave of grace in the lives of those around us. So as we honor Mary’s openness to the Lord, let’s follow in her footsteps and give ourselves to God as well. Let’s remember the angel’s promise that “nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37).

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word.” ~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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