an angel visits her . . .
. . . and he seems to know her. The angel has some surprising news for her. She would inherit a great fortune? . . . NO! She would become a famous beauty queen? . . . NO! She would marry a king?. . . NO! Better yet, she would become the Mother of a King! . . . WOW! THE KING OF HEAVEN AND EARTH!!!
Enough news to startle anyone . . . especially since Mary was not even married!!! Her visitor was the Angel Gabriel whose name means, "Messenger of God." He said she had found favor with God and would bear a Son through the power of the Holy Spirit; but he needed her acceptance. Imagine that! She was ASKED if she would ACCEPT becoming the Mother of God . . . THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE!
She simply replied
. . . “I am the handmaid of the Lord.”
We celebrate Mary’s response on March 25th when she said "Yes." Her acceptance invited the implanting of the body, blood, soul and divinity of God’s own Son into her womb. For nine months her pure sinless body nourished His growing body and brought Him to full term.
The birth of the Redeemer clearly marks God’s long awaited New Covenant that invites all people to share in His eternal heavenly kingdom. With love for us, Christ announced His Father’s message that our redemption was at hand, He worked numerous miracles, healed the sick, gathered and instructed his followers who recognized His divinity. He shunned both military and political power and was killed by the religious leaders out of jealousy. He rose from the dead because He was divine, and promised that His Church’s leaders (the Pope and universal Bishops) would be guided by the Holy Spirit when deciding matters of faith and morals.
World Life Day.com commemorates and encourages everyone to imitate Mary's "Yes" with our own "Yes" as the Holy Spirit provides the opportunities for us to show God how much we love Him. We all have our life origin from God; we are His servants, His handmaids. Like Mary, our responsibility as God-loving people is to actively show Him how much we love Him. We look forward to hearing these words . . .
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, . . . . I say to you, as you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:34-41).
Humanity of Mary's Son
Divinity of Mary's Son
Mary leads by example
Mary approaches us as a loving mother