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Sunday's gospel
Annunciation to Mary
Luc 1: 26-38
The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26    In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, Copyright Image
27    To a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
28    The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29    Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30    But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31    You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
32    He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
33    And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34    "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35    The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
36    Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
37    For nothing is impossible with God."
38    "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said?" Then the angel left her.

Meditation

The Sunday of Annunciation inaugurates feasts and ceremonies. It is the beginning of the fundamental Christian criterion and through this Sunday, the project of salvation was and still being achieved. The text of this Sunday’s Gospel is one of the most beautiful texts of the New Testament for we feel the spirit of Christmas, the coming of the Savior. Moreover, this marvelous evangelic scene gains more gorgeousness and beauty from the person of Virgin Mary. In Her lays the maternal tenderness, purity, modesty and absolute surrender to the Will of the Lord, She is the powerful and tender Mother of God. There is no doubt that the first chapter of the Gospel according to Luc, regarding the Annunciation, is rich in its multiple ideas and its theological dimension. We meditate today the answer of Mary after the announcement of Angel Gabriel and we will try to apply it and live it in our Christian life as did Virgin Mary.
On the Annunciation Day, Mary entrusts each one of us with a great responsibility. She replied “yes” in her name as well as in the name of the whole humanity. Mary was chosen by God and Her heart was submitted and modest. Her “yes” was full of confidence, love and simplicity and she accepted to be part of the Incarnation sacrament of Jesus and she left us, we the Christians, this “affirmation”. At a moment, we may be asked this same question and God expect us to obey Him. Each one has a day of Annunciation when he is appealed to pass from his current world to the spiritual one according to his capacities.
My dear brothers, we are responsible, as Virgin Mary, through the “yes” she said, of the presence of Jesus in our life and in the whole world as well. We are responsible of the continuity of His Incarnation. Christ needs our body, our blood, our heart, our eyes…to keep living among us and in our depth. Jesus wants to speak, see, love…through us. He asks us to personify purity and clarity in our souls and to defeat evil which can’t stop fighting us. He wants us to personify modesty and submit ourselves completely to His Holy Will. He invites us to live the Word of the Gospel and sculpt it in our hearts.
This is how we live Incarnation in our Christian life, this incarnation has deep spiritual dimensions which penetrate the depth of each one of us and the evidence is the sacrament of Eucharist, “the bread coming from above”, as Jesus consider Himself. He is the one who works and achieves Incarnation in our heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. According to these data, we must understand that incarnation is a real and effective sacrament and not only a historic event that took place two thousand year ago. It is the sacrament of Love that reacts in us once we accept it. Let us react with the grace of giving by saying a vital “yes” that is incarnated through the acceptance of God as Mary.
Finally, let us meditate my dear brothers, the result of the answer of Virgin Mary and its consequences on humanity. In return, let us meditate what we do. Good reflects good and evil reflects evil as well. Our mother Mary and all saints, including St Charbel, teach us that affirmative answer to the appeal of God strengthens and endures Good in the whole world. The answer of Virgin Mary is an appeal to each one of us in order to realize the importance of good and overpass temptations which may impose different means just to get the aim and which might harm our entity and the rest of the world.
May the prayer of Mary bless us, Amen