And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
John William Waterhouse
Annunciation - Today we mark the beginning of time, the new creation, a kairos moment. We mark the day when all the universe paused and waited with bated breath for the response of a simple young woman; who was asked to undertake a unique motherhood, to be God-bearer, Theotokas, and through the Cross mother of us all.........Where do we stand in that room at the Annunciation? Are we the messenger? Are we the ones who can go to another and remind ourselves because of Mary's "Yes" that we are all indeed "full of grace"?
The grace of being children of God, co-heirs with Christ, made in the image of the Divine Light? Do we provide that moment of reflection where we remind each other, God has a special plan for you too? Often we are asked to focus on Miriam, Mary, Maria. Her 'fiat' given to us as exemplar and example.
Virgin Madonna, Holy inviolate Mother, Ark of the Covenant, Tower of David, Gate of Ivory. But have we wrapped the woman-child in too many layers of mystical pastiche? Where is the trembling, frightened, awe struck young lady who makes the ultimate sacrifice? And what if she has said "No!"?
- S+L - Hail, favored one! - A Reflection on the Hail Mary
- Thinking Faith - Between doctrine and discipleship: reflections on the Annunciation
- Mary said yes and trusted the Lord
- Aleteia - The Annunciation is why I can never not be a Catholic
- CNA - On Annunciation, Pope says God still seeks hearts like Mary
- WoF - Bishop Barron on the Annunciation
- CWR - The Annunciation and the Mystery of the Incarnation