Annunciation of the Lord
“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…
When the angel appeared to Mary and addressed her, the Blessed Mother was troubled…What might add to her fright on the occasion was his (the angel) 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!”
May we ask our Blessed Mother for the graces to be still and to respond thoughtfully when in conversation.