Saturday of the third week of Lent
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10
Reading 2 Heb 10:4-10
Gospel Lk 1:26-38
"The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary."
Mark your calendars, today March 25th, we are exactly 9 months from Christmas. Christmas? We haven't even celebrated Easter yet, so why bring that up, Deacon, you may ask? It's because today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
We all know the story: The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to be the mother of the "Son of God".
This news would be terrifying, head-spinning, earth moving for anyone, much more so for a teenaged maiden already betrothed to a man named Joseph. It flooded her mind with questions and concerns; after all this was a potential life threatening decision: for this scandal she could be stoned to death.
But after listening with mind, and heart and spirit, Mary said: “ I am the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say. “
Can you and I respond like Mary: "Let it be done to me as you say"? Do we trust God to bring good when all we can see ahead is bad? Lord I believe, help my unbelief (Mk. 9:24)
Remember the angel's greeting: "Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you" and "Do not fear".
THE LORD IS WITH YOU.
DO NOT FEAR.
The Season of Lent is a special time for us to slow down, look inward and make the necessary changes to truly become an Easter people.