Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Malvern Minute

 

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

March 25, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

 

Book of the Prophet Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10

Psalm 40

Letter to the Hebrews 10:4-10

Luke 1:26-38

 

            It is three months today since Christmas Day and so it is the day the Catholic Church celebrates the day of Mary’s conceiving of Jesus.  It is the day of the Word of God takes flesh through the body of a young Jewish woman who echoes the words of the psalmist, “May it be done to me according to your word.”

            In today’s Solemnity we hear and Advent prophecy foretelling a virgin’s giving birth to a child whose name will mean “God is with us.”  In Luke’s Gospel narrative we view a young woman struggling with the giving of her body and life to the mystery of actually giving life to a body.

            My friends, today we watch the acceptance in faith of the invitation to do God’s will by a questioning young woman of Nazareth.  She has good questions and even excuses, as do all those who have been called to surrender to God’s ways.   She is not yet married and is asked to be a mother.  To complicate matters, she is to be the mother of God, the God Who is with us, “Immanuel.”  Mary responds with a profound, but simple, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”  It was a prayer of surrender.

            Here near the end of Lent, we are confronted with God’s invitations to us to do, what we believe is doing the “Will of God.”  We do not have angels announcing that will to us, but we do believe we have God’s grace in order to sense, and respond to, the invitation that the Father offers us.  Why?  Simple, He loves us! 

Question of the Day:  Will you, like Mary, surrender to the Will of God?       

Prayer:  “Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.”  Psalm 40.

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