Our first three dimensions of Mary are drawn from St. Vincent’s exploration of Mary in relation to the Trinity: Mary the obedient daughter of the Father, Mary the spouse of the Spirit, and Mary mother of the Divine Love. As we seek to see Mary more fully as obedient daughter, we focus on the Annunciation. Through Scripture, Luke 1:26-38, we imaginatively explore what it might have been like for God to be gazing on the world in all of its chaos, hurt, happiness, suffering, joy, and the fullness of the human condition, and decide that the moment of incarnation has come.
Take some time to read this passage of Scripture. Try to place yourself in the scene with your imagination. What did the room look like? What was Mary doing as the angel appeared? What did the Angel look like? Try to see Mary’s face as she takes it all in. Does she seem afraid? Brave? Nervous? Peaceful? After you focus on trying to be in this scene, spend some time in prayer talking with God about what you saw. What is God trying to tell you through this story? How is God inviting you to respond with a “yes” to the Divine mission?
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.