ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Isaiah 7:10-14,8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38
And so, the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.
We do not understand the tenacity of the faith of Mary, this adolescent country girl, when we consider her first “fiat” at the annunciation! It was not just once but she said “fiat” a hundred times with the same tenacity throughout her life.
It was extremely risky to become pregnant before marriage. Death was the punishment, decreed by the Law of Moses. Just depending on a mystical experience, to take an instant decision, not worrying about her betrothed status, was an extraordinary act of faith and surrender. Joseph was in all probability a landless labourer, and Mary, a housemaid. The events surrounding the birth of Jesus were not exactly what we expect would happen to a Son of God. Nothing in life was easy for Mary! God’s treatment of his most beloved ones was strange indeed!
Above all, imagine Mary, standing at the foot of the cross, hearing the cry of Jesus: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me!” She must have recalled at that time what was told her some 33 years before, in Nazareth: “Your Son will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.” What sense did it all make? Yet, she stood her ground and kept the faith of John and Magdalene alive. She became the mother of our faith that day!
When the early Church was persecuted, she too had to run away to Antioch and then to Ephesus, where probably she lived in hiding with John, her ‘given’ son! She was a refugee! And yet she must have been the strongest pillar of strength for the faith of the Apostles.
To say “yes” to God is quite risky, yesterday and today, as it definitely was for Mary! But precisely for saying that ‘Yes’ unconditionally, all generations call her Blessed! If our ‘Yes’ to God has never implied any risk for us, probably we have not really said ‘Yes’!