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Lenten reflection, day 25: The Annunciation

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, that marvelous, mysterious event when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, asking her to agree to become the Mother of God. 

Wow! Here is a young girl, perhaps 15 years old. She is visited by an angel and asked to take on a commitment she cannot possibly understand—yet her only response is one of faith: “Be it done unto me according to your word.” 

This tells us everything we need to know about Mary. She is steeped in faith, and she trusts that the promise made to her by God will be fulfilled, even if she cannot understand how. It’s as though she’s saying, “Well, if God says so, that’s good enough for me.” 

Mary accepts the angel’s proposal. She trusts not only in God but also in her fiancé, Joseph. She trusts that somehow he will be able to understand, and eventually he does. 

We place Mary and Joseph high on a pedestal, not because they necessarily did extraordinary things but because they had extraordinary faith. They model for us what it means to trust in God, even if it means believing in the unbelievable.

Father Ed Faliskie, C.Ss.R.
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Scripture readings for today: Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10; Psalm 40; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38