March 26, 2022 2 min read
After the fall of Adam and Eve, and the consequent destruction of mankind, an extraordinary reparation was needed; such reparation required a new Eve and a new Adam.
Only God Himself could have remedied with His divine intervention the subversion of His holy plans. Only His Sacrifice would have opened again Heaven’s doors to all mankind. But a God cannot die. He should become man first to complete the redemption. A woman was necessary to pursue this. Which woman could have ever been worthy of such an extraordinary experience?
Virgin Mary, a young Jewish woman, was the chosen one. Her humility and sanctity had already conquered the Creator. For this sublime mission she was also dispensed from the catastrophic consequences of her ancestors’ sins. Only one thing was missing. The young woman, virgin and immaculate, should accept God’s will and say yes to the divine plan. Is it not amazing the respect that the Most High has for His own creatures?
In art history the Annunciation theme is one of the most represented, and is also one of the most sweet and evocative. Christian wisdom clearly knows that without that precise moment in the history of mankind, the future of all of us would have had been very different. In The Gospel of Luke it is mentioned: "Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!".
This hail and the consequent turmoil of the Virgin Mary are connected to her precious humility, as per St. Alphonsus Mary de'Liguori’s narrative: “The words of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, ‘Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted’ received the perfect expression in His Mother. She is the highest expression of such virtue.
There are two kinds of humility: objective and subjective. The one surrounding our Queen of the Angels is the objective one. In the Magnificat to her cousin Elizabeth, while referring to herself in the Annunciation, she says about God: ‘He looked at me, His humble servant." If she were talking about subjective humility, she would have boasted. On the contrary, she states to be – objectively – just a mere instrument.
St. Francis De Sales says: “True humility makes no pretense of being humble, and scarcely ever utters words of humility”. The genuine humble man does not profess himself to own such virtue. Mary, the most humble and pure, feels confusion at being so honored by St. Gabriel, The Archangel. This speaks of her sanctity and her humility.” Her cousin Elizabeth and her childlessness deserve a small mention, she being gifted afterwards with a desired son. This gesture should be read as a further signal of God’s immense goodness and greatness. Sometimes it happens that our prayers are affected by our discouragement and mistrust. This should not be, since God always rewards perseverance and faith. He is the Almighty.
Through her “Let it be done unto me” (“Fiat”) Mary obtained a unique miracle in the history of all mankind. Not only did she become Mother of He who created her, but she also experienced the miracle of becoming a mother while Virgin, both at the moment of the conception (by the Holy Spirit) and also remaining a Virgin at Jesus’ birth.
“Here I am, servant of the Lord; let it be done unto me according to your will.” Like many Doctors of the Church state, with this acceptance Virgin Mary deserved merit in God’s eyes far more than any other saint.
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