WORD of the DAY
In the sixth month, 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. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. (Luke 1: 26-29)
We have often paused on this passage that regards the Announcement to Mary that she was to be the Mother of the Son of God. Here, we are invited to grasp the essential point of the account, the recollected and happy atmosphere, the simplicity of the one receiving the unthinkable message in her feminine humanity. In fact, we are far from the spectacle of some presumed apparitions and we are not before a cold letting oneself be overcome by divine needs in total oblivion.
We have a young girl who is probably attending to household tasks. She is engaged to Joseph, a poor but noble man of Davidic descent. The angel illumines the room with his “Rejoice” and gives the reason for this joy: She is interiorly full of grace and the Lord has opened Her life to the point of entering into her womb.
It is all so marvelous, but Mary does not shout or dance for joy. She is troubled but not depressed. She asks how this can be happening. I too want to rejoice with Mary for her divine maternity and for the way she lived it.
I want to thank you, O my Mother, for how you lived this great announcement. Give me a simple and pure heart; a small reflection of yours. Help me to live by faith in the awareness of being inhabited by Jesus, through grace: the one received at baptism and revived in the Sacrament of Forgiveness and in the Eucharist. I am here to rejoice with You!
The voice of Pope Francis on a Marian Day, October 13, 2013
What happened to the Virgin in a unique way, also happens to us at the spiritual level when we receive the Word of God with a good and sincere heart and we put it into practice. It is as though God takes flesh in us; He comes to live in us, because He dwells in those who love Him and observe His Word. It is not easy to understand this, but it is easy to feel it in our heart.