Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Hear I am, Lord"

"At a crucial time in history, Mary offered herself, her body and soul, to God as a dwelling place. In her and from her the Son of God took flesh. Through her the Word was made flesh (cf. Jn 1:14)” (Pope Benedict XVI)

It is in this reverential hearing, portrayed by the Annunciation, that we can learn from Mary, who received this heavenly message while she was intent on meditating upon the Sacred Scriptures. As a humble handmaid of the Divine Word, she shows us how to be ever ready to hear the will of God, expressed to us through His Word, and through His Church. As we contemplate this attitude of Mary, ever ready to do the Lord's will, let us awaken in our own hearts that readiness to follow God wherever He may lead us.

As the primary feast of our religious community, Mary in the Annunciation gives us an example of her loving abandonment and trust in Divine Providence. She accepts with personal generosity God's love poured out upon her, and is fully active in her response to His great love. Upon hearing of St. Elizabeth's condition, she rises up to carry in her womb, the Incarnate Love, who has come to save us from our sins. She in truth can be called the first disciple of Jesus, the first evangelizer of the Lord. St. Augustine tells us of Mary; “Before conceiving the Lord in her body, she had already conceived Him in her soul.” From her we can learn to make room for Jesus to dwell in our hearts and souls and thereby bring Him to all that we meet.

If you are consecrated to Mary, according to St. Louis de Montfort's Consecration, don't forget to renew your consecration today on this Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. A plenary indulgence is granted by the Church.

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