Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The degree to which God is with us: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 (Solemnity of the Annunciation)

(Listen to this homily here).

            The solemnity of the Annunciation is a profound feast day.  This is the day in which we celebrate Jesus Christ—the second person of the Trinity—beginning his journey as a human.
            Think about this—in the incarnation God became man.  He did so in a miraculous way—without an earthly father.  But the beginning of his existence as a person began in the same way as each of us.  He began as a zygote—a group of cells!  He grew as a zygote, embryo, fetus and baby in Mary’s womb.  He was born.
            This is what was promised through the prophet Isaiah: “…the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us!’”  The Annunciation is what it means for God to be with us.
            Finally, remember the words of the angel Gabriel—“Hail, full of grace!  The Lord is with you…”  These are the first words of the Hail Mary.  We should never forget that Mary’s yes—her fiat—helped bring Jesus into the world. 
            As God is truly with us, let us be with Him.

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