The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary’s fiat—her willing acceptance of God’s holy plan.
Do we consider Mary’s yes, and the courage this response must have taken? Picture for a moment, a young girl, maybe spinning yarn by the morning light, and suddenly, a dazzling spirit, an angel, appears before Her.
The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Fear not, for thou has found favor with God.” Behold, you shall conceive in thy womb, and shall bring forth a son, and shall call his name, Jesus.”
Mary asks, “how can this be, since I know not man?” The angel Gabriel replies, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”
We too, like Mary need to allow the Holy Spirit to “overshadow us.” We are small, we are weak. Let us ask Mary today to help us be more humble, more docile. We need the power of the Holy Spirit in order to overcome our sinful nature. He is The Sanctifier.
I invite the reader to listen to a portion of the song, “Overshadow Me” on one of my first recordings. May you be blessed and strengthened on this special Solemnity of the Annunciation.