Today, the Feast of the Annunciation, we are celebrating Mary, celebrating her yes, that yes which opened the world to our Savior. Today is a great day because She has taught us that by the cooperation of a person the doors of heaven have been opened to all mankind. Today we can marvel at the mystery of God whom wanted to become a man in the womb of Mary in order to grant us life.

From generation to generation, the wonder evoked by this ineffable mystery never ceases. St Augustine imagines a dialogue between himself and the Angel of the Annunciation, in which he asks:  “Tell me, O Angel, why did this happen in Mary?”. The answer, says the Messenger, is contained in the very words of the greeting:  “Hail, full of grace” (cf. Sermo 291: 6). In fact, the Angel, “appearing to her”, does not call her by her earthly name, Mary, but by her divine name, as she has always been seen and characterized by God:  “Full of grace – gratia plena”,  “full of grace”, and the grace is none other than the love of God; thus, in the end, we can translate this word:  “beloved” of God (cf. Lk 1: 28). Origen observes that no such title had ever been given to a human being, and that it is unparalleled in all of Sacred Scripture (cf. In Lucam6: 7).Benedict XVI

For this reason we want to ask our Mother for her help so that we may share her attitudes and dispositions and thus receive with full availability the mystery of God into our lives. By her intercession and our cooperation may we become increasing capable of loving as she loved.


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