Lenten Reflection for 3/25
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Loving God, by whom the Incarnation of Christ Your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, pour forth Your grace into our hearts that we, by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38
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Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Mary had said no to the messenger of God? One of the tenets of Christian faith is our belief free will. Mary had a choice: she could either accept God’s call or reject it. We can easily imagine how frightened Mary must have been by her heavenly visitor and perhaps even skeptical since the circumstances were, in the angel’s words, “impossible”. How would we have responded? Would we have responded the same? But it was Mary’s affirmation “May it be done” that was a great step in the salvation of humanity.
It is significant that God so much wanted to love us that He gave us His Son, Emmanuel, God is with us, who not only came to suffer with us but suffer for us. Let us think on that when we hear God’s invitation to us to accept His love. Let us reply, “May it be done.”
- How can I hear God’s Word today and achieve His will?
- How can I be obedient to God and to my brothers and sisters in ways that will enrich our lives?
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.