The First Christian

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Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Traditionally this is celebrated on March 25, 9 months before Christmas. But because March 25 fell on a Sunday, the Solemnity has been moved to today.

The readings today all point toward Mary’s fiat, which we see in Luke 1, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Perhaps our Responsorial Psalm for today, taken from Psalm 40, sums it up best. “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.”

Mary has many titles in Catholic tradition. I think that one of my favorite ones, though not an official “title,” is “the first Christian.” Mary was the first one to truly accept Christ. She experienced a closeness with Christ that no one else ever would or could. Many non-Catholic Christian traditions have tried to diminish the role of Mary. Some see her as just an interchangeable cog in God’s big wheel. But Mary’s role can never be diminished. She had every opportunity to say no to God. Yet she chose to say yes. Yes to bringing Christ to the world. Do we?

Father, we thank you for the example of Mary, always saying yes to Your will. May we imitate her today and always. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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