The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are five mysteries that we meditate on regarding Jesus’s early life.

The First Joyful Mystery:  The Annunciation.  Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,* and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Mary was the first Christian.  She was the first to say yes to Christ.  She knew Jesus more intimately than anyone has ever known Him.  Mary made the ultimate leap of faith in saying YES to God’s will.  She knew that her pregnancy would cause scandal, particularly with Joseph.  It’s safe to say with Mary, she gave herself completely to God without knowing how any of this would play out.  Now that takes faith.

Are we willing to make that Act of faith in our lives?  How often do we say yes to God without knowing the outcome.  How often do we say yes to God knowing that the outcome may not necessarily be good for us now, but will bring about a greater good in the end? Can we be like Mary and put our reputations, our lives and livelihood on the line for what God calls us to do?  Do we say yes to Jesus in our life like Mary accepted the responsibility of raising Jesus?

Prayer:  Oh God help us to be like Mary in saying yes to you’r will for us.  Help us to say yes to Jesus in our lives. “May it be done to me according to your word.”  Amen

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