Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hail Mary Full of Grace

The Annunciation of the Lord

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

The fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy finally happens, starting with the annunciation by the angel Gabriel to Mary.  Luke records the process Mary goes through as Gabriel reveals God's plan of salvation for the world and her role in that plan.  First, she was deeply disturbed.  Then she asks an honest question: "But how can this come about...?".  Finally, she accepts: "I am the handmaiden of the Lord..."

Mary is the clearest role model of what a follower of Christ, a Christian, is like.  Sometimes, like Mary, I am afraid.  She says that's OK.  Sometimes, like Mary, I question things, even God's plans.  Mary says that's OK.  Sometimes, like Mary, in faith I accept  those plans.  This is the objective of the previous two steps, complete acceptance of God in my life.  And when this happens, oh what will be birthed in me!

Hail Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.  Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

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