Thursday, March 25, 2010

SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION

In the Angelus prayer we remember the Gospel event that we are celebrating today—Mary’s “yes” to God’s will when the Angel Gabriel came to her and the conception of Jesus in her womb. Last year, during a pastoral visit to Africa, Pope Benedict spoke of this and invited us to pray for the Church in Africa. Let us reflect on his words.

At the conclusion of our Eucharistic celebration, as my Pastoral Visit to Africa comes to its close, let us now turn to Mary, the Mother of the Redeemer, to implore her loving intercession upon us, our families, and our world. In this Angelus prayer, we recall Mary’s complete “yes” to the will of God. Through Mary’s obedience of faith, the Son of God came into the world to bring us forgiveness, salvation and life in abundance. By becoming a man like us in all things but sin, Christ taught us the dignity and worth of each member of the human family. He died for our sins, to gather us together into God’s family.

May the Holy Mother of God, who points us to her Son, our brother, remind Christians everywhere of our duty to love our neighbor, to be peacemakers, to be the first to forgive those who have sinned against us, even as we have been forgiven.

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