Annunciation of the Lord
It is interesting to note that the title of the Feast we celebrate today emphasizes “the Lord” as opposed to a title that draws attention to Mary conceiving. Obviously, Mary’s role in salvation history is critical and it is for this reason the Church honors and venerates Mary in many ways. However, the title of the Feast is a reminder to us. All that we say and attribute to Mary is because of her son, Jesus. Each feast we celebrate and all Christian worship is Christocentric.
We always have to ponder the humanity of Mary and never neglect her true historical circumstances. She was among the most powerless people in her society: she was young in a world that valued age; female ruled by men; poor in a stratified economy. She did not have a husband or children and was thus one of the most vulnerable persons in society. But she was faithful to God and said yes to the invitation to play a key part of salvation history.
Mary is our model disciple. Unlike the Twelve Apostles who continually misunderstand, doubt, deny and even betray Jesus, Mary is always faithful to Jesus and walks with Him to Calvary. We can reflect on our own discipleship this Lenten day by imagining ourselves at the foot of the cross gazing at our Lord as St. Ignatius of Loyola instructs us in his Spiritual Exercises. As you look into the eyes of the One who suffers for you, ask yourself these questions: What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ?
Lord Jesus, in my own weakness and with my limitations, please help me to follow You as Mary did. Amen.
Fr. Brian Cummings, S.S.E. ’86, Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry
First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:4-10
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website