Mary Mother Of Jesus
"Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
be it done to me according to thy word."
The account of the Annunciation is one of the most awe inspiring and mysterious Biblical accounts.
Just imagine a young Jewish woman, pure and beautiful receives a most noble heavenly visitor,
the Archangel Gabriel. Who is delivering a message that is even more amazing.
Below is an exact account of The Annunciation...
- "And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of
Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph,
of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel being come
in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou
among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself
what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not,
Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
- Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and
thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the
Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David
his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom
there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because
I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come
upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore
also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
- And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age;
and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall
be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it
done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her."
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More meditations on the rosary - The Annunciation here...
Mary Teaches You How
To Conform Your Will
To God's Will
"For whosoever shall do the will of God,
he is my brother, and my sister, and mother"
Being able to have a glimpse into Mary's deep humility should inspire you to strive
to conform your will to that of God's will.
Imitate her willingness to do God's will and your life will be permeated with serenity.
This gift will be yours if you conform your will to that of God's.
Even Jesus himself conformed his will to God's will to the very last measure...
"Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying:
There are many books written on the subject of trusting in God and conforming
your will to His.
My Father, if this chalice
may not pass away,
but I must drink it, thy will be done."
Among them is the very inspiring book by Walter Ciszek, S.J, He Leadeth Me.
Fr. Ciszek writes about his 23 years in Soviet labor camps and shows how his
dependency on God's will was the only way he survived.
This Bible passage for the Annunciation is taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
If you are looking for a more modern language version our recommendation would be the
St. Ignatius Press Bible.
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