Saint for the Day - March 25 - The Annunciation
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This great festival
takes its name from the happy tidings brought by the
angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin, concerning the
Incarnation of the Son of God. It commemorates the
most important embassy that was ever known: an
embassy sent by the King of kings, performed by one
of the chief princes of His heavenly court;
directed, not to the great ones of this earth, but
to a poor, unknown virgin, who, being endowed with
the most angelic purity of soul and body, being
withal perfectly humble and devoted to God, was
greater in His eyes than the mightiest monarch in
the world. When the Son of God became man, He could
have taken upon Him our nature without the
cooperation of any creature; but He was pleased to
be born of a woman.
In the choice of her whom He raised to this most
sublime of all dignities, He pitched upon the one
who, by the riches of His grace and virtues, was of
all others the most holy and the most perfect. The
design of this embassy of the archangel is to give a
Saviour to the world, a victim of propitiation to
the sinner, a model to the just, a son to this
Virgin, remaining still a virgin, and a new nature
to the Son of God, the nature of man, capable of
suffering pain and anguish in order to satisfy God's
justice for our transgressions.
When the angel appeared to Mary and addressed her,
the Blessed Virgin was troubled: not at the angel's
appearance, says St. Ambrose, for heavenly visions
and a commerce with the blessed spirits had been
familiar to her; but what alarmed her, he says, was
the angel's appearing in human form, in the shape of
a young man. What might add to her fright on the
occasion was his addressing her in words of praise.
Mary, guarded by her modesty, is in confusion at
expressions of this sort, and dreads the least
appearance of deluding flattery. Such high
commendations make her cautious how she answers,
till in silence she has more fully considered of the
matter: "She revolved in her mind," says St. Luke,
"what manner of salutation this should be." Ah, what
numbers of innocent souls have been corrupted for
want of using the like precautions!
The angel, to calm her, says: "Fear not, Mary, for
thou hast found favor before God." He then informs
her that she is to conceive and bring forth a Son
Whose name shall be Jesus, Who shall be great, and
the Son of the Most High, and possessed of the
throne of David, her illustrious ancestor. Mary, out
of a just concern to know how she
may comply with the will of God without prejudice to
her vow of virginity, inquires, "How shall this be?"
Nor does she give her consent till the heavenly
messenger acquaints her that it is to be a work of
the Holy Ghost, who, in making her fruitful, will
not in trench in the least upon her virginal purity.
In submission, therefore, to God's will, without any
further inquiries, she expresses her assent in these
humble but powerful words: "Behold the handmaid of
the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy word"
What faith and confidence does her answer express!
what profound humility and perfect obedience!
Saint for the Day - The Annunciation of the Blessed
Read about the Saint for today - March 25 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
From the example of the Blessed
Virgin in this mystery, how
ardent a love ought we to
conceive of purity and humility!
The Holy Ghost is invited by
purity to dwell in souls, but is
chased away by the filth of the
contrary vice. Humility is the
foundation of a spiritual life.
By it Mary was prepared for the
extraordinary graces and all
virtues with which she was
enriched, and for the eminent
dignity of Mother of God
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