Gospel: LK 1:26-38
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.
Mary is our model for us as how to follow her son Jesus. She said Yes, to the angel and agreed to be the mother of Jesus, even though she did not
know how or where it would lead. She acted out of total faith and love sacrificing her life. Mary never wanted to outshine her son and so one of
her titles is that of “New Moon.” Can we spread the Good News of Jesus and put ourselves second and Him first? Can we model the humility she
demonstrated, for that humility, which is the essence and spirit of love will bring our world together?
Let us pray,
Loving God you gave Mary to us as the Mother of your Son and as our mother. She modeled her life after Love and the message of her son. Jesus’
message is just that, one of love. Give us the courage to spread the message of love and surrender to all. For only love will block out darkness
in this world. She said that she was the handmaiden of the Lord, help us to live out that same humility for we need to come together as a world.
Pride separates us and humility brings us together. We ask this in your Son Jesus Christ. Amen
Fr. James Lehman, FCM
Pastor of Holy Family American National Catholic Church