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The Annunciation And Mary’s Humility

Today The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and delivered the news that she would be the mother of the Savior. In a homily from November of 2000, Pope John Paul II reflected on Our Blessed Mother’s humility during this encounter:
Was not the sign of humility the question: “How can this be, since I have no husband?” (Lk 1: 34). She had just heard that she was to conceive and bear a child, who would reign on the throne of David as the Son of the Most High. Certainly, she did not fully understand the mystery of that divine plan, but she realized that it meant a total change in the reality of her life. However, she did not ask: will this really happen? must this happen? She simply said: how can this be? With no doubts or reservations, she accepted the divine intervention that changed her life. The question expressed the humility of faith, the willingness to put one’s life at the service of the divine mystery, without being able to understand how it would come about.
I really can’t add much to the words of our late Holy Father. Mary was willing to submit to God’s will even though she didn’t fully understand how the details would unfold. Almost every day, things happen in our lives that we don’t understand. Do we trust God or do we complain?

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