Humility and the Annunciation | Pt 15

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Lk 1 : 38

God chooses to send Gabriel to Mary, a poor Israelite girl in Nazareth-a poor, not-well-known area who is betrothed to Joseph, who is of the great Davidic line, but is otherwise a man of modest means. When the time comes for him to be born, he is far from home, and there isn’t any room for him in the inn, so he is born where ox and ass feed.

Why is the God of the universe doing this? He is born into poverty and is basically completely unknown. Where are the trumpets, the standard-bearers, or even somebody with a couple of balloons?

The Kingdom which Jesus intends to establish is in the hearts of men. It is not to be measured by its walls or by territories or the strength of armies. Instead, it is present where He is present. He woos-he does not conquer. In puffed up hearts there isn’t enough room for him to enter, so he passes them by. He will work on us from afar, but does not destroy our free will. If we will not open the door, he will dine elsewhere. He is a gentleman.

The Church has always insisted that Mary holds the highest place among the Saints, and her humility is the crown upon her head. Not because of a single “yes” to God, but rather because her entire life was spent seeking his will-through humility, she recognized who she was and who God is, and responded according to his will.

Only in a heart that loves with humility can God truly enter and take root. On this great Solemnity of the Annunciation, we should ask Mary to pray for us, that we might obtain from her Son perfect humility, so that our heads might not be so big as to fill up the doorway and not allow him to enter.

Relief sculpture of the Annunciation from the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer in Las Vegas, NV.

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