Saying “Yes” to Mary, Who Perfectly Said “Yes” to the Father, Through St. Gabriel

The-Annunciation1Just two days ago, March 25th, the Church celebrated the marvelous Solemnity of the Annunciation.  In is interesting to note the biological accuracy of the date which has been attributed to this Solemnity, relative to the date ascribed to the celebration of the Nativity, the Birth of Christ, on December 25th – which is exactly nine months after the Annunciation.  This, then, is in keeping with the biological accuracy of the nine-month gestation period that is typical of all expectant mothers.  Further, it seems to this author that the Fathers, in arranging the liturgical calendar, took great care to pay keen attention to the details, ensuring that the celebrations not only corresponded to the various seasons of the year that were or are most representative of the theme of the celebration, and – of course – in accord with the historicity of events whose historical dates are known,  but also, and most importantly, to the very rhythm of human life.  In so doing, they underscore the reality and significance of Christ’s true human nature.

Additionally, this marvelous celebration of the Annunciation marks our Lady’s “fiat,” or “yes” to God’s plan for her life, and for each one of us as adopted brothers and sisters of Christ and true “Children of Mary,” our Spiritual Mother.  Mary, in assenting to the Divine Will, permits the Holy Spirit to, as it were, “overshadow” her, in such a way as to initiate the virginal conception of the God-man, Jesus Christ, in her Immaculate womb.

Now, we must understand that God, as such, is entirely sovereign; He is the sole Necessary Being, and is, in no way, “contingent” or dependent upon anyone or anything outside, above or beyond Himself; for, if He were, He would not be Who He Is; namely, the First Cause, Uncaused.  However, God can freely choose to become dependent on one of His creatures.  Indeed, such is the case with all beings that possess freewill.  Such is additionally the case with the Blessed Virgin Mary, upon whom each Divine Person of the Holy Trinity freely chose to become dependent.  God the Father chose to become dependent upon Mary’s “Fiat,” her “Yes” to His invitation, through the Archangel Gabriel, to become the Theotokos, the God-bearer.  God the Son chose to become entirely dependent upon Mary’s maternity, as he descended into her womb, forever uniting a true human nature to His Divine Nature, thereby initiating the reconciliation of God and man in His very Divine Person.  God the Holy Spirit chooses to remain dependent upon the Blessed Virgin in the distribution of God’s Grace, or Divine Life – merited by Christ – to humanity, thereby enabling men to become “partakers of the Divine Nature.”

Moreover, we, like Mary, are being called by God to cooperate in a grand, divine plan that He has for each of us, in particular, and for all humanity, as a whole.  If we give our unconditional “fiat,” or “Yes,” to Him, specifically through, with and in the Blessed Virgin Mary, through our act of total consecration to Jesus through Mary, this will enable Mary, as Mediatrix of all Grace, to work in tandem with the Holy Spirit, her well-beloved Spouse, in conceiving and giving birth to the image and likeness of Jesus in our hearts and souls. This is precisely why Sts. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort and Maximilian Mary Kolbe both recognized the radical significance of this day – March 25, Feast of the Annunciation – as the single most appropriate day on which to Make our Act of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

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