On March 25th, the Christian world commemorates the Feast of the Annunciation, a momentous event that holds profound significance in the narrative of salvation. This sacred day marks the angel Gabriel's visitation to the Virgin Mary, announcing the imminent conception of Jesus, the Son of God. The Annunciation is a pivotal moment in Christian theology, representing the intersection of the divine and the human, as Mary's "fiat" or "let it be done" sets in motion the fulfillment of God's redemptive plan.


The Annunciation encapsulates the essence of Mary's role in salvation history — her willingness to cooperate with God's plan and become the vessel through which the Incarnation occurs. Mary's response to Gabriel, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word," exemplifies profound faith, humility, and surrender to God's will. The Feast of the Annunciation invites believers to reflect on the blessed role of Mary in the divine drama and encourages a personal response to God's call in our lives, echoing the spirit of Mary's profound "yes."


As we celebrate the Annunciation, let us embrace the awe-inspiring mystery of God becoming flesh. The angel's proclamation to Mary not only heralds the beginning of Christ's earthly journey but also serves as a reminder of God's constant invitation for us to be open to His presence in our lives. The Feast of the Annunciation calls us to ponder the significance of Mary's fiat and to cultivate a similar disposition of faith, trust, and surrender in our own spiritual journeys. May this day be a source of inspiration, inviting us to respond to God's invitations with the same grace and openness that marked Mary's encounter with the divine.

Andy Gesek