March 25th The Feast of the Holy Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.
9 months. March 25 to December 25. One Virgin. One holy conception. One birth. One Savior. True God and true man. One in essence and undivided. Conceived in time, from the beginning of time, for all mankind. Today, this very day, the incarnation, the enfleshment of God, is remembered and celebrated in the Church throughout the world.
It begins with conception. Not a choice. Not a right. Life is a grace. Gift.
A Divine Gift.
The Holy Theotokos conceived Christ by the Holy Spirit through her ear, and with her assent, her “yes” to the archangel Gabriel, who announces for the entire world: “Hail! Rejoice! Mary full of grace….” for today, salvation has come to the world. And yet the world, slumbers, sleeps and lives in a senseless stupor seemingly more concerned with the winner of Dancing With the Stars, the outcome of the Sweet 16. Shouldn’t yet the headlines read: “Salvation Has Come -Not in Health Care Reform – But in a Womb“. So why is it we live today as if tomorrow doesn’t exist? Why do we insatiably consume everything in sight, live beyond our means, and rob, steal, squander and plunder our children’s future? Is it because of our present and persistant greed? Perhaps we have forgotten that what is given to the world today, on March 25th, is an inheritance and a contentment that goes beyond stuff, beyond things, beyond power and wealth? A contentment based on this
In God we trust.
Not in Government. Not in Social Security. Not in the President. Not Republicans, nor the Democrats, not even the Tea-Partiers.
Nor in ourselves.
For the hope of humanity is found in sacred recesses of the Virgin’s womb who for the life of the world gave birth to the – Light of the World. To Jesus who is both Life and Light, both Way and Truth, and the destroyed of our enemy, death.
Christ entered this universe in humility. He lived in poverty. And though he was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, in order that we, who are poor, might have life, and life abundant. Thus, we honor and venerate you today, Holy Theotokos, the Blessed Mother of God, who was the first to believe, the first in faith to say “Yes” to God. We thank you Christ our God, for assuming our humanity fully, that we might through the mysteries of God, become fully partakers of Your Divinity.
Your, ‘yes’, Holy Mother, opened the gate to everything we truly need.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her… St. Luke Chapter 1
And Mary sang…
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name…
Today, and everyday, along with the angels, we call you Blessed, Holy Theotokos!