Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"...you will conceive...

...and bear a son."
By pronouncing her "fiat" at the Annunciation and giving her consent to the Incarnation, Mary was already collaborating with the whole work her Son was to accomplish. She is mother wherever he is Savior and head of the Mystical Body. (CCC 973)

"Behold, I come to do your will...By this 'will,' we have been consecrated."
-- Heb 10:4-10

Jesus means in Hebrew: "God saves." At the annunciation, the angel Gabriel gave him the name Jesus as his proper name, which expresses both his identity and his mission. Since God alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son made man, "will save his people from their sins". In Jesus, God recapitulates all of his history of salvation on behalf of men. (CCC 430)

Sacred Scriptures for holy Mass in celebration of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

(Art: The Annunciation, Fra Angelico, c. 1430, Museo Diocesano, Cortona, Italia.)

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