Feast of the Annunciation

by Thomas More College on March 25, 2010

Homily
Feast of the Annunciation
March 25, 2010
Today the Church invites us to celebrate a Feast which is central in the History of Salvation: The Annunciation of the Lord. It is the Day on which Our Lady gave her consent to God’s Plan to overturn the effects of the sin of Adam. By voicing her “Fiat,” the Virgin of Nazareth is given a unique role in man’s salvation. It should be noted that by identifying herself as “Ancilla Domini,” Handmaid of the Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary places herself at God’s disposal. Her willingness to do whatever God asks, is characteristic of her entire life. Our Lady’s unwavering Faith in God, set in motion the redemption of the world. The child born to her will be the second Person of the Blessed Trinity: Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. This remarkable Feast, coming as it does during the final weeks of Lent, reminds us that throughout our lifetime, there are occasions and circumstances when God will ask us to carry out difficult tasks and assume responsibilities which are onerous and burdensome, not easily understood and often filled with paradox and contradiction. Nonetheless, if we choose to be obedient and willing “servants of the Lord,” we will be given the Grace to be witnesses to God’s presence in the world. A world which is searching for Him; to be witnesses to so many of our contemporaries who are themselves looking for God, who hunger for Him even though they may not know it. May the intercession and example of Our Lady of the Annunciation whose feast we celebrate today give us the grace and strength to do whatever God asks of us and the Faith to recall that: Emmanuel-God-Is-With-Us. Mary, most holy, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us, now and always. Amen.

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