All great things and great situations have humble beginnings.
The Great Mystery of Salvation that was to be culminated in the Person of Christ…
… had Its Humble Beginnings in the scene of the “Annunciation!”
A great mission had been launched by Heaven…
… and all the heavens – with the angels – had their eyes gazed on Mary and Her Response.
>> “Will she?”
>> “Won’t she?”
>> “Psst… Did God make a mistake by endowing human beings with so much freedom, that they can even reject the Word of God in their lives?”
These were probably some of the conversations that were on among the angels.
One among them.. an Archangel… had been sent by God to the earth, on a very crucial mission.
The name of the Archangel was Gabriel… whose name means God is my strength.
>> He was sent to a young girl named Mary.. whose name probably means cherished or beloved.
The heavens were waiting with eagerness as to what would be the outcome of that mission.
>> The Archangel, had approached the woman with much devotion and reverence
With deep piety, the Angel asked, “Would you be the Mother of the Child of God?”
Heaven had taken a massive decision…
>> A decision to seek the consent of a human person in the plan of salvation.
>> A decision to respect the gift of freedom and involve human beings in the design of redemption
The angels were waiting with eagerness what would be the answer…
>> Perhaps even nature was still for a moment as it awaited the reply…
With gentleness and serenity, the young girl replied, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to Your Will!”
And immediately, there were pleasant faces that lit up…
>> Nature also began to smile and brighten up further…
… had said Yes to do the Will of God.
… had consented to be the Mother of His Beloved Son.
… had made a responsible use of her freedom and chosen for Love.
The script had begun… the journey had started…
>> The history of salvation had begun to take human shape!
This announcement of the Good News of the beginning of salvation history, with the encounter of Blessed Virgin Mary with Angel Gabriel, is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.
This Feast of the Annunciation is a reminder to us on various counts…
1. Human Beings are to make a responsible use of the freedom, that is bestowed by God Almighty.
The first parents sinned in the Garden of Eden as a result of misusing the liberty.
They had a choice:
… to enjoy the holy presence of the Lord by being faithful and obedient…
… or to forfeit this glory by being disobedient.
They chose the one which made them lose their honour and splendour.
But Blessed Mary sets right this fault, by making a deliberate choice…in true freedom, for love and to express humankind’s desire to gel along with God’s Will, once again!
2. The Choice for God’s Will is an act of tremendous faith and hope.
When Mary said yes to the Will of God… though She was aware of the greatness of this call and the duty she was to undertake, all the implications of the future life, were still not clear to her.
Many things would get clear only when she begins living the Will of the Lord in Her life.
Yet, she took the bold step…towards responsibility, towards pain and suffering, towards sacrificing her comforts and personal wishes…. for the sake of the Lord. .. in faith and trust!
The Feast of the Annunciation is an invitation for us…
>> To grow deeper into embracing the Will of God in our lives.
>> To give consent to the inspirations of the Lord that comes constantly to us.
>> To be open to march forward in faith and hope, in our life of faith in the Lord.
The Lord is wishing to find a place in a willing heart, even today…
>> Just as Mary, our Loving Mother, who said Yes to the Will of the Lord, let us also, say Yes to God’s Will…
… and allow the Lord to find a place to be born, in our world today.
Happy Feast of the Annunciation.
>> Let us continue to hold on to our Blessed Mamma
>> Let us continue to seek to grow in the Love of Her Beloved Son.
God bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “
“At the Annunciation, Mary made the greatest act of humility that was ever made or ever will be made by a pure creature.
>> For seeing herself exalted by the angel who saluted her, saying she was full of grace and that she would conceive a Son who would be both God and Man…
… Our Lady, being reassured by the angel and having learned what God willed to do with her and in her, made this supreme act of humility, saying: ‘I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say!’”