At the really heart of this week’s gospel is the request of God come Mary and her generous response. She willingness to do God’s will provides her the very first of Jesus’ disciples, and the mother of the Church. Fr Adrian Graffy reflects.

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26 In the 6th month the angel Gabriel was sent by God come a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 come a virgin betrothed come a guy named Joseph, that the house of David; and also the virgin’s surname was Mary. 28 the went in and said come her, ‘Rejoice, so very favoured! The mr is through you.’ 29 She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, 30 yet the angel said to her, ‘Mary, perform not it is in afraid; you have won god’s favour. 31 Listen! You space to conceive and also bear a son, and you have to name that Jesus. 32 He will certainly be an excellent and will be referred to as Son the the many High. The lord God will offer him the throne that his ancestor David; 33 he will ascendancy over the house of Jacob for ever and his power will have no end.’ 34 Mary claimed to the angel, ‘But how deserve to this come about, due to the fact that I am a virgin?’ 35 ‘The divine Spirit will certainly come ~ above you,’ the point of view answered, ‘and the power of the most High will certainly cover you v its shadow. And also so the child will be holy and also will be dubbed Son of God. 36 know this too: her kinswoman Elizabeth has, in she old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is currently in her sixth month, 37 for nothing is impossible to God.’ 38 ‘I am the handmaid the the Lord,’ claimed Mary, ‘let what you have actually said be excellent to me.’ and the angel left her.

Other readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 Psalm 88 (89) Romans 16:25-27


Our gospel analysis is the story traditionally referred to as ‘the Annunciation’. Luke in fact starts his gospel through two annunciations, the first to Zechariah about the coming bear of his son John the Baptist, and also the 2nd to Mary. In both passages the point of view announces a birth and also speaks the the greatness of the one that is to be born. In the case of Jesus: ‘He will be referred to as Son the the most High.’

What lies at the an extremely heart that this i is the inquiry of God come Mary and also her generosity response, by which she allows the son of God to become a person being within her. Mary hears words of God and accepts the gift of the child, that is the Word, the son of God. Paints of the Annunciation often show Mary at prayer through the book of the bibles close by. She has pertained to know God with prayerful engagement v the Scriptures, and, at this an essential moment in the history of salvation, she responds generously come the call of God in she heart.

Mary was not conscious where this would lead her. The native ‘I am the handmaid that the Lord’ are filled with trust that, whatever lies ahead, God will provide her the grace to continue to be faithful. This willingness to do God’s will renders her the an initial of the practical worker of Jesus, and the mom of the Church.

How deserve to I be a faithful servant of the Lord, as mary was?

What walk this moment of the Incarnation typical to me?

Let us pray for trust and also perseverance amid the trials which face us.

Let us constantly be thankful for the exorbitant deeds of God.


Rev Dr Adrian Graffy is a member of the Vatican Commission the takes a lead in scriptures scholarship, interpretation and also promotion in the Catholic Church.

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Rev Dr Graffy stated of his five-year meeting by Pope Francis in 2014: “It is one honour to be nominated by Pope Francis together a member the the Pontifical Biblical Commission. I feel humbled and an extremely much look forward to gift of service to His Holiness and the Church.”

He added: “A an excellent deal has been accomplished in England and also Wales in current years by plenty of co-workers to advancement Biblical scholarship and the provision of easy-to-use resources. I would like to take it this opportunity to say thanks to them and the Bishops’ Conference Department because that Evangelisation and also Catechesis for their initiatives to promote understanding and love that the Bible, specifically through the publishing of the teaching documents, The Gift that Scripture and also the study overview to Verbum Domini, the word of the Lord.”

Rev Dr Graffy received his doctorate in spiritual Scripture native the Pontifical Biblical academy in Rome in 1983. He taught for over twenty years in St John’s Seminary in Wonersh, and is Chair the the nationwide Scripture working Group, i m sorry is an instrument of the Department because that Evangelisation and also Catechesis of the Bishops’ Conference the England and also Wales. Fr Graffy is a past director of Brentwood’s Commission for Evangelisation and Formation and also parish monk of Christ the Eternal High monk in Gidea Park, Essex. Among his publications are the Gospel that Mark and also the Letter to the Romans (Alive Publishing).

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