The Annunciation: Saying ‘Yes’ To God Like Mary
Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the celebration of Mary’s response to God’s call to be the Theotokos. There are times that I think Mary, by virtue of her well-deserved status of veneration and admiration, seems to be distanced from the res of humanity. Some men and women hold Mary to a standard that none of us can possibly follow. Today would be a good time to remember the example Mary models for us, a response to God’s invitation to be more fully who we are meant to be.
What is so great about Luke’s telling of Mary’s response to God’s invitation to take her special place in Salvation History is that she, like all of us, hesitates and is uncertain about God’s invitation. The Angel Gabriel even tells the young Mary ‘do not be afraid,’ suggesting to us that Mary was indeed frightened by what she was asked to do. Yet, she follows her heart and the Spirit to embrace who it is she is called to be despite the fear, despite the uncertainty. How can we be more like Mary in response to God’s invitation to be more who we are called to be?
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. (Luke 1:26-38)
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