Today is the Feast Day of the Annunciation - the announcement made by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would have a child.
The Gospel Reading is Luke 1:25-38.
"And having come, the angel said to her, 'Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.'
Mary was blessed. She was highly favored, Full of Grace!
She is, in fact, the most blessed woman who has ever lived because of her absolute and complete willingness to receive God's grace . As spoken by her son, the Theotokos, Mary, was blessed to "hear the word of God and keep it" (see Luke 11:28). She was the first to say yes to Jesus! Her response was of highest obedience to God. She sets an example for us all.
Where the first woman, Eve, was disobedient to God, Mary is obedient.
This is an obedience to God we can all learn from. And teach to others. Especially our children.
Will I teach my 6 year old about Mary's virginity? No, not this year. Will we have lots of lessons to teach him about all the details of Mary's life and about the Betrothal between her and Joseph and teach him how Jesus was her only son and that Joseph's other children came from a previous marriage? All of this in due time, but for a 6 year old? My focus is on the most important aspect. Mary said Yes! She said Yes to God and that is what we all must do. She is the greatest woman who ever lived because she accepted God's will with willingness.
Accepting God's will with willingness.
Isn't accepting God's will what we all struggle with?
Isn't obedience what we all struggle with?
Isn't obedience what our children struggle with?
This feast day is a wonderful opportunity to teach our children the wonderful ways of obedience- how obedience to God can change the world.