Solemnity Annunciation of Mary
“I am the handmaid of the Lord.”
Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, and today’s gospel reading is the Annunciation of Jesus’ birth to Mary. This solemnity reminds us of the importance of the conception of Jesus and honours Mary’s role in our salvation and bringing Jesus into the world.
Mary can help us in our relationship with God, and to be more humble and obedient to Him. She is “full of grace” (or the “favoured one”, depending the translation) and her “fiat” (Latin for “Let it be”) is the most remarkable surrender to God’s will and invitation for her. She never doubts God’s message to her and has full confidence, but is considered in her thinking in the dialogue with the Angel Gabriel.
She believes the Angel who tells her “with God, nothing will be impossible”. In today’s prayer we can ask before the Lord and Mary: What are the impossibilities in my life? Do I believe, even as the Angel Gabriel said to Mary, that the “Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you”? Even in relation to the impossibilities in my life?