REFLECT – “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” The words spoken by the angel Gabriel to Mary at the time of the Annunciation point to a profound mystery. Mary, who was conceived without sin, had been made full of grace, free from any hindrance of sin or fallen self, and thus able to respond in perfect freedom to the divine invitation of God becoming man in her. Mary’s response to this extraordinary gift is also telling. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord,” she responds to Gabriel, recognizing the Lord’s primacy and plan in this mystery. “My spirit rejoices in God my savior,” she cries at the Visitation, proclaiming the mercy of God in achieving so great a redemption.
SHARE – Where can we, like Mary, recognize the wonders of God’s saving love in our lives? From what has he saved you? Are there places of poverty and need in your heart where Jesus may still be longing to enter and fill with his Presence? During Advent, we’re seeking to prepare a way in our hearts for Christ to encounter us in his divinity, who humbled himself to share in our humanity. But if we can’t recognize our need for him, where will he be able to come? Perhaps we can ask Mary, our pure and humble Mother, to show us where we’re still striving in self-sufficiency and where the Lord wants to provide for us in our littleness and need.
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