The Gospel Today
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
Reflection (Sem. Jesus Salamanca, Jr.)
Often times, annunciation is associated with the fiat of Mary. But Annunciation to me is basically about the Lord. During Simbang Gabi Masses, when the same Gospel reading is read, we call that mass Missa Aurea. It is the “Golden Mass” because it is during the Annunciation that the Incarnated Word took place in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a moment of exchange between God and Mary. As Mary says her “yes,” God gives his “Precious Word”, our Lord Jesus Christ. All these happens in an unexpected time for Mary.
Amidst the confusion of the Blessed Mother, the life of Jesus here on earth began. There was something good that happened in the midst of doubts and troubles of heart.
Reflecting on that, I would like to share my childhood experiences of conflicts with my two brothers. There were many times in the past that we were in conflict and misunderstanding. Most of the time, we dealt with those issues in a childish manner – quarrelling.
Now that we are already mature, sometimes we reminisce about those moments and then laugh at them. Those things, at that time, were seemingly big issues to us; but now they have become a source of bonding and brotherhood among us.
Those chaotic moments brought us understanding toward one another. Probably, without those times of arguing and quarrelling, we might not be as close to one another as we are right now.
The solemnity we are celebrating today brings the recollection of how the Man-God entered our humanity. It is not a peaceful way. It is not an easy way. It happens in an inconvenient time. Yet the day of the Annunciation means a lot to us. It is like a pearl that is formed from a grain of sand. But, unlike a pearl, the product of Annunciation is our eternal salvation. The product of annunciation is really a treasure that is worth keeping.
The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, always reminds me how God is willing to enter into my life. He knows the right time. He knows that even in the midst of my troubled heart and doubtful mind, he can still enter into my life. God is the one who loved me first in spite of my doubts and uncertainties in responding to His will.