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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/25/2015



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J.M.J. 
March 25, 2015
The Annunciation

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! In a special way today I desire to call you to conversion. As of today, may new life begin in your heart. Children, I desire to see your 'yes', and may your life be a joyful living of God's will at every moment of your life. In a special way today, I bless you with my motherly blessing of peace, love and unity in my heart and in the heart of my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call." March 25, 2011

On this incredible feast, the day that Our Lady said "Yes" to the Father, and received Jesus, the day Jesus said "Yes" to the Father and became man, and the day the Holy Spirit said "Yes" to the Father and overshadowed Our Lady, we can only remain in awe and thanksgiving at the love of God. This is the day our salvation began.

In the message above, Our Lady shares with us her desire that (like her) we will say "yes" to the Father, choosing to joyfully live His will at every moment of our lives. In our own small way we too can participate in the plan of salvation that began on this feast so many years ago.

In the Office of Readings, the Church provides a powerful meditation on the meaning of the Incarnation of Jesus which happened at the Annunciation. It is by St. Leo the Great. His words help us to take in the depth of this mystery which can only take our breath away. On this day, let us ponder the unthinkable love of God, expressed in the Incarnation of Jesus. It will help us to receive new life in our hearts!

From a letter by Saint Leo the Great, pope 
The mystery of man's reconciliation with God


Lowliness is assured by majesty, weakness by power, mortality by eternity. To pay the debt of our sinful state, a nature that was incapable of suffering was joined to one that could suffer. Thus, in keeping with the healing that we needed, one and the same mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, was able to die in one nature, and unable to die in the other.

He who is true God was therefore born in the complete and perfect nature of a true man, whole in his own nature, whole in ours. By our nature we mean what the Creator had fashioned in us from the beginning, and took to himself in order to restore it.
For in the Savior there was no trace of what the deceiver introduced and man, being misled, allowed to enter. It does not follow that because he submitted to sharing in our human weakness he therefore shared in our sins.

He took the nature of a servant without stain of sin, enlarging our humanity without diminishing his divinity. He emptied himself; though invisible he made himself visible, though Creator and Lord of all things he chose to be one of us mortal men. Yet this was the condescension of compassion, not the loss of omnipotence. So he who in the nature of God had created man, became in the nature of a servant, man himself.

Thus the Son of God enters this lowly world. He comes down from the throne of heaven, yet does not separate himself from the Father's glory. He is born in a new condition, by a new birth.

He was born in a new condition, for, invisible in his own nature, he became visible in ours. Beyond our grasp, he chose to come within our grasp. Existing before time began, he began to exist at a moment in time. Lord of the universe, he hid his infinite glory and took the nature of a servant. Incapable of suffering as God, he did not refuse to be a man, capable of suffering. Immortal, he chose to be subject to the laws of death.
He who is true God is also true man. There is no falsehood in this unity as long as the lowliness of man and the pre-eminence of God coexist in mutual relationship.

As God does not change by his condescension, so man is not swallowed up by being exalted. Each nature exercises its own activity, in communion with the other. The Word does what is proper to the Word, the flesh fulfills what is proper to the flesh.

One nature is resplendent with miracles, the other falls victim to injuries. As the Word does not lose equality with the Father's glory, so the flesh does not leave behind the nature of our race.

One and the same person - this must be said over and over again - is truly the Son of God and truly the son of man. He is God in virtue of the fact that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He is man in virtue of the fact that the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015

PS. I will send out the message as soon as I receive it! Happy Feast of the Annunciation!






   





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