Monday

LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE OF HUMILITY

 

Luke 1: 26-38

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.  28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.  30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.  31 Behold thou shall conceive in thy womb, and shall bring forth a son; and thou shall call his name Jesus.  32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.  33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.  34 And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?  35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  36 And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren:  37 Because no word shall be impossible with God.  38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

 
In the Mystery of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), we are reminded, first of all, of the Angel Gabriel’s greeting to Mary: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee”. We know from Scripture that angels do not speak their own words – rather, being the messengers of God, they speak His words. And this is how God chose to greet Mary: “Hail, full of grace!” 

So, in one sense, the Rosary is an imitation of God Himself, as we greet Mary with the same words that He did.
But the Rosary is not primarily about Mary – just as Gabriel’s message was not primarily about Mary. Rather, Gabriel came bearing a message of salvation and hope. Gabriel presented to Mary the message of the Incarnation – that God would become Man to save His people from their sins...and that He would do this through the means of Mary, whom He had prepared for this purpose. 

But Mary was not a robot; she was a free creature. And in this sense she was fully able to say “No” to God’s request. But, thanks be to God, Mary didn’t say “No”. Rather, she pronounced her “Yes” to God as she affirmed her desire to walk in humility and obedience to her God and Creator:
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to Thy word”.

The Church Fathers teach us that in this great act of obedience, Mary untied the cord of Eve’s disobedience – and so, as St. Irenaeus reminds us, Mary became Eve’s advocate.  
“...the knot of Eve's disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the Virgin Mary set free through faith.”
“As Eve was seduced into disobedience to God, so Mary was persuaded into obedience to God; thus the Virgin Mary became the advocate of the virgin Eve.”
In this way the First Joyful Mystery calls us to imitate Mary’s humility and readiness to accept God’s will in our lives. And given that we are all children of Eve, God calls us to accept Mary as our new Mother and Advocate as we seek to humbly obey His holy will. 

 

Our Father......


1.  The Angel Gabriel was sent from God....to a virgin betrothed to a man, named Joseph, of the house of David.  
The virgin's name was Mary.  (Lk. 1: 26-27)  -Hail Mary...


2.  The angel said to her:  "Rejoice O highly favored daughter! The Lord is with you.  Blessed are you among 
women."  (Lk. 1: 28) Hail Mary...


3.  She was deeply troubled by his words, and wondered what his greeting meant.  (Lk. 1: 29)  Hail Mary...


4.  The angel said to her: "Do not fear, Mary.  You have found favor with God."  (Lk. 1: 30) Hail Mary...


5.  "You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name of Jesus."  (Lk. 1: 31) Hail Mary...


6.  "Great will be his dignity and he will be called Son of the Most High.  And His reign will be without end."  
(Lk. 1: 32-33) Hail Mary...


7.  Mary said to the angel,  "How can this be since I do not know man?"  (Lk. 1: 34) Hail Mary...


8.  The angel answered Her:  "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will 
overshadow you."   (Lk. 1: 35) Hail Mary...


9.  "The holy offspring to be born will be called Son of God."  (Lk. 1: 35) Hail Mary...


10.  Mary said:  "I am the servant of the Lord.  Let it be done to me as you say."  With that the angel left her.
(Lk. 1: 38) Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 




In the quiet of a garden, God proposes (through an angel) and a woman accepts. Mary is accepting to walk into a mystery. She does not know what lies ahead on this new path, but she knows who is asking and she trusts in him. There are many annunciation moments in our life, and sometimes we hesitate to say yes because we cannot foresee the future or control what will happen. In this mystery, ask Mary to give you a deep trust in the one who invites you to follow. Ask her to help you trust that even if the path ahead is full of crosses, God will be walking with you. If you hold his hand in the darkness, he will give you strength, peace, and an intimate joy that nothing can take away.

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