The Feast of the Annunciation


Mighty Is Her Call Team // Genius of the Call

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March 24  

And Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be unto me according to thy word.” And with that the angel left her (Lk 1:36).

Imagine the surprise of Mary, a young woman of no earthly consequence, receiving the announcement from the heavenly messenger that God had chosen her to be the mother of the Messiah. She was being invited to be the Queen Mother of a king. Perhaps this king would free the Israelites from bondage; maybe her son would build a new kingdom with her at his side. Little did she know what form this liberty would take; scarcely could she imagine the kind of kingdom her son would establish. What she did know in this moment was that she had never known a man, and that if she were to conceive before marriage, by the law of Moses, she could be stoned to death. God was inviting her to be set apart for his will to be accomplished in and through her, completely abandoned to his will. Her response echoes through the ages as the high-water mark of humanity’s response to God: “Let it be unto me according to thy word.” 

How has God invited you to be set apart from the secular world and to live according to his will? In what ways has motherhood been the chance to find God in a new way? How has he elevated you to a new status as his daughter? Do you, with Mary, know that you have an extraordinary invitation to be a powerful agent in the building of his kingdom? What losses, risks, and sufferings does this involve for you? Have you resisted or wrestled with these losses? How surrendered are you to God’s perfect will for your life?

Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit and with the intercession of Mary, our Mother, we ask you to conform us entirely to your will. Help us to give our “fiat,” our “yes,” to Christ being conceived in our hearts and lives that we may be participants in the coming of his kingdom. Help us to become like Mary—a model of humanity’s response to your invitation to divine life and intimate fellowship with you.

*This post is directly from our Mighty Is Her Call “Mother’s Rosary Guide” written by Kathryn Rombs, Ph.D., and Jolly Hormillosa. Edited by Fr. Roch Keretzsky. It is available as an e-book or hard copy in our store. Order Your Copy Today!

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