Our Lady of the Rosary – Readings

Commentary on Acts 1:12-14; Psalm Luke 1:46-55; Luke 1:26-38

The Gospel reading from Luke is the account of the Annunciation, when Mary of Nazareth is asked by the Angel Gabriel to become the Mother of a child who will be the Son of God. Mary is quite taken aback by this request which she cannot reconcile with her present status. She is betrothed, that is, fully committed in marriage to Joseph, but they are not yet married and have not begun to live together. The angel assures Mary that the conception will take place by a special intervention through the Spirit of God.

Mary still does not fully understand but, putting her trust completely in the words of God’s Messenger, she accepts totally and unconditionally to the request:

Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.

And at that very moment, the awesome happening we call the Incarnation, the ‘en-flesh-ment’ of the Son of God took place in the womb of Mary. Nothing would ever be the same again in the history of the world.

The First Reading, from the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, shows the disciples of Jesus returning to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives after the Ascension. They went to the Upper Room where they had gathered with Jesus on the night before his Passion. All the Apostles are there with the obvious exception of Judas, who, overcome with guilt, had taken his own life.

But also among them were a number of women who had been companions of Jesus and among them was Mary. She would be with them, too, when the power of the Spirit of Jesus would come down on them giving them their mission to continue the work that Jesus had begun, the work of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth.

Today’s celebration invites all of us to meditate and pray on the events in Jesus’ life, following the example of Mary who was so specially involved with all of these events through her unique participation in the bringing the Son of God to live and work among us as one of us. We will identity with the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Light mysteries of his life, which is the Source of our own life.

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