The Annunciation is probably my most favorite Marian Feast Day!
This morning on reflecting on the Gospel for today (Luke 1:26-38). As I prayed through meditation, I wasn't struck so much by a word or phrase, but rather by a space.
In your missal, it will read "...for nothing is impossible with God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord..."
There. Did you catch it? That space between Gabriel's question and Mary's response THAT was the epicenter of my meditation today. That one stroke of the keyboard holds the entire weight of the universe. Once Gabriel poses the question, all of creation holds it's breath, everything stops in anticipation of this young woman's response to this earth-shattering question. No matter what Mary's response, it will change everything forever.
It is in THIS moment, this beautiful, silent, grace-filled moment that the most epic "yes" ever spoken was formed.
This space, this moment, this breath, is the precursor to the moment when our humanity was forever changed.
"Holy Mary, whose supernatural grandeur hung on a simple fiat, pray for us sinners who are always exposed, between healing and relapse, to the intoxication of words. Protect our lips from useless exaggeration. Make our voices, reduced to essentials, always begin from the realms of mystery and bringing forth the perfume of silence. Turn us, like you, into the sacrament of transparency. Help us, finally, so that in the brevity of a "yes" spoken to God, we might throw ourselves into the boundless sea of His love."
(Prayer from "Mary: Human and Holy" by Bishop Antonio Bello)