The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit
Thus begins the Angelus, one of my Lenten devotions this year. Can you imagine the joy that Mary felt, despite any concerns she had about being a young mother? I can remember when we discovered each of our pregnancies. The joy, nervousness, excitement, awe. They were each a gift, even those that we had to bid goodbye too soon. The moment of learning of a new little being waiting to be born, is indescribable. Throughout Lent, I have pondered how much more those emotions would be if an angel of the LORD had delivered the news.
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Annunciation. It is only nine months until Christmas, but those original nine months changed the course of history forever. How fitting that in the midst of Lent, while we wait in the desert, we receive the best gift--a royal baby announcement, the heralding of the long awaited Son of God. Our entire salvation is wrapped up and handed to us through Mary's fiat, her yes, her submission to the almighty. Without her acceptance, Easter would never be. She gave her whole self so that God could give all He had--His Son--and welcome us into the Kingdom.
In the coming weeks, I am going to run a series on the Works of Mercy and how we can incorporate them into our daily life, as a sort of baby shower present to our Blessed Mother. She gave her life, so that Christ could give His. In thanks, let us find some ways to give more of ourselves for the least of these.