Feast of the Annunciation
In his book 'At Home With God', written over a hundred years ago, Matthew Russell, SJ, describes the Annunciation as the most tender moment in all of creation. Think about it, God the Father sends an emissary, Gabriel, to ask a teenage girl to be the mother of his son.
Here we have this great God who has created everything and which we messed up, and he asks a young girl to help him redeem the world.
Fr Russell goes on to say that not even Mary, because she is a created creature, could give to God the utterly pure love which is due to him. Yet, from the moment of his conception, Jesus, who was true God and true man, was able to respond to God on behalf of the human race, with the love that was due to him.
Pope Leo the Great summed up the Incarnation in one sentence: ‘lowliness was taken by majesty, weakness by strength, mortality by eternity.’
A few words later Leo says, ‘Thus the one and same mediator between God and man was able to die in one nature and was incapable of death in the other.’
The Feast of the Annunciation is the beginning of our redemption, it is the moment the whole story begins, and all of it depended on the response of one young girl in a village in Roman occupied Palestine.
The ways of God are so different from the ways of man. Only he could think of such a plan for our salvation.