It is 25th March 2015. We celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, The Mystery of Incarnation. The readings are Is.7:10-14; 8:10; Heb 10:4-10 and the Gospel from Lk. 1:26-38. The first reading speaks about the prophecy of virginal conception. Ahaz, one of the worst kings of Israel was told to ask for a sign from God. He refused to ask for a sign from God, but he turned to the help of Assyrians, who destroyed the entire northern kingdom of Israel in the long run. God gave a sign: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.”(Is.7:14). The responsorial Psalm prays, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Ps.40:11). The second reading presents us that the Lord is going to be born in a human body. “But a body you prepared for me… behold I come to do your will, O God.” (Heb.10:5,7). The Gospel describes the meeting of God’s messenger Gabriel with Virgin Mary. Arch Angel Gabriel greets Mary with a new name, as highly favoured one. God himself assures through the angel that God is going to be there with her. “And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.” (Lk.1:31). And Mary replied, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Lk.1:38). Mother Mary’s “yes” changed the entire outlook on salvation. She allowed the Word of God to turn to flesh. Virginal conception never been heard of yet Mary ventures into this great offer from God allowed her to be utilized by God. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Lk.1:37). When God approaches us to do something humanly impossible, what is our response? Let our Mother Mary be the example in responding to God’s call on a daily basis.

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