“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive and in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.” Lk 1:26-31
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. In Luke’s Gospel alone, the angel Gabriel appears to Mary to announce that she will carry Jesus within her. And with Mary’s “yes” the Incarnation finds it’s place in history. God will pitch his tent in our midst and by doing so, save the world. Mary is one of scripture’s greatest examples of humility. She embodies humility’s strength and wisdom that can only come from knowing she is a child of God. She is open and receptive even as she questions. Mary is a living example of 1 Jn 4:18 where we hear, “perfect love drives out fear.” With perfect love, society’s expectations for us are diminished in favor of our status as God’s beloved children. God is love, scripture tells us, and with Mary we see this love in action. Any fear she may have felt, melts away as she realizes the truth and she is led to share the good news with her cousin Elizabeth. This act of evangelization is one of the fruits of the annunciation.
- Because Mary Said Yes ~ A Reflection on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (lancasterdominicans.wordpress.com)