Posted by: Paul | 03/25/2010

The Pivotal Moment

March 25 marks the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary — and it can be described, without exaggeration, as the pivotal moment in human history.

The first Eve said “no” to God’s will — and mankind’s enslavement to sin began, with all its attendant misery. Mary, the second Eve (preserved by God from the moment of her conception from Original Sin), said “yes,” making our salvation possible. History truly is cleaved in two at this point.

I love the fact that the Annunciation so often falls right in the middle of Lent. Amid so much concentration (and properly so) on our Lord’s sufferings on our behalf, the Annunciation offers a ray of hope. A respite. A reminder that better things await those who follow in our Lord’s footsteps.

Our Lady is the premier example in this regard. On the one hand, she is not overly credulous when Gabriel makes his announcement. “How can this be if I know not man?” she asks. But neither is she overly skeptical. Once she receives her answer, she answers simply with the words we’re all expected to use when God asks something of us, whether easy or hard: “Let it be done unto me, according to thy word.”

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen.

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