March 25, 2020

Feast of the Annunciation

With Mary’s acceptance, her “Fiat,” to the angel’s request, one of the central mysteries of salvation history is realized. God becomes incarnate in Mary’s womb. Nine months from today, we will celebrate the birth of the Incarnate One in a manger in Bethlehem anew.

We can draw from Scripture a clear understanding that God became human in Jesus so that human beings could share in his divinity. We assert this truth at each Eucharist when the priest prays, “By this mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.”

How do we share in this divinity? First, at our baptism, we were initiated into the very life of God, grace. We intensify this grace each time we celebrate the Eucharist where we are fed by word and sacrament, where we consume the very body and blood of the Lord.

This grace of God urges us to imitate the Lord. What did he do? Jesus preached the kingdom, he healed all those who came to him, and he prepared a group of men and women who would continue his ministry after he returned to the Father.

Today we are his followers, his hands, feet, ears, and voice. We are charged to continue to do what he did: teach, heal, and prepare others to do the same. We are to preach by the way we live; reaching out to those who are suffering. Like Jesus, we heal the individuals who are hungry, homeless, lonely, addicted, poor, alienated, sidelined, and emotionally distraught by our acts of kindness and charity. We then actively work to change the policies, the structures, the injustices, and the attitudes which create and sustain the evils that people needlessly suffer.

We are the incarnation of Jesus…. How can I make him real today?

Let Us Pray:

Jesus, you humbled yourself to be incarnate, to be like us, and you invite us to share in your very life by being your real presence in our world. Give me the grace and courage to genuinely manifest you in how I live and how and whom I choose to love. Amen.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Patrick Riley

Patrick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Book Review Editor for Emmanuel Magazine.