The Joyful Mysteries
And Mary said: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word".
A short meditation on the event
Mary knew that the Angel Gabriel was the messenger of God as she was familiar with the Holy Scriptures. She discovered through this message the extraordinary favour that was being asked of her: she is full of grace, without sin, immaculate. Mary, who understood God's greatness was deeply moved.
The Angel announced to her that she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God, the Almighty. Mary needs to be enlightened by what was to happen in her. The Angel told her "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee", revealing the hidden meaning of Isaiah's prophecy that a child would be born of a virgin. "Nothing is impossible for God".
Mary immediately gave her consent.
With the chapel at rue du Bac
The apparition of the Holy Virgin to St Catherine Labouré took place in a spiritual atmosphere similar to the Annunciation: the tenderness of a personal meeting, full of intimacy, reverence and silence. At the announcement of her mission, Catherine's response was the same as Mary's, absolute devotion to God's will. Like mother, like daughter!
Graces for now
God respects those he has created. He guides them with love. Let us ask for the grace of the Annunciation to descend into our hearts, transforming the fear of God into filial trust and our rejection of God into a generous acceptance of His will.
Clausule: …and Jesus incarnate, the fruit of thy womb…
Inspiration: That each Christian imitate Mary’s total devotion to God, said John Paul II.