HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
THEME: MARY’S “YES” OUR MODEL
BY: Rev. Fr. Anthony EZEAPUTA, MA.
HOMILY: When Mary said to the Angel’s announcement, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word”(Luke 1:38), and Jesus was conceived. Thus, a new era in the history of salvation was inaugurated. This new era will be ratified in the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ as the new and eternal Covenant. So, Mary’s “yes” is a type and model for us, her children.
Mary’s “yes” perfectly mirrors that of Christ himself when he entered the world, as the Letter to the Hebrews, today’ second reading says, “As is written of me in the book, I have come to do your will, O God” (10:7). The Son’s obedience was reflected in that of the Mother and thus, through the encounter of these two “yeses”, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became the Son of Man – Incarnation.
So, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, like every other Marian solemnities and feasts, is a Christological feast as well. Today’s solemnity celebrates a central mystery of Christ: the Incarnation. “The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us; and we saw his glory” (John 1:14ab).
Today, Mary’s reply to the Angel is extended to us. The Church calls us to make Christ incarnate in our lives and to make ourselves available so that God may continue to visit humanity with his love, compassion, blessings, and mercy.
“Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, Yours are the eyes, you are his body” says Saint Teresa of Avila. Today, may we reaffirm our “yeses” to God today through Christ our Lord. Amen!
THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
MARCH 25, 2021.