Saint of the day
Annunciation of the Lord
Nine months before Christmas, we celebrate the moment in which our Lord Jesus Christ became man and began to grow as a baby in Mary’s womb. We read about the Annunciation (the announcement of the coming of Jesus) in the Gospel of Luke (1:26-38).
When the time had arrived for God’s Son to come down to us from heaven, God sent the Archangel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth where Mary lived. The archangel entered Mary’s little house and said, “Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with you, and you are blessed among women.” Mary was surprised to hear the angel’s words of praise.
“Do not be afraid, Mary,” continued Gabriel. Then he told Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God and our Savior.
Mary understood what a great honor God was giving her. She answered, “I am the handmaid of the Lord!” Mary knew, too, that as the mother of Jesus, she would have many sorrows. She knew she would have to suffer when her Son suffered. But with all her heart, she said, “Let everything happen as you have said.” At that very moment, Mary became the Mother of God.
At the Annunciation our Blessed Mother gave us a wonderful example of humility and obedience. Let’s show God our love by obeying those who represent him—our parents or guardians and teachers.