Another masterpiece of Fra Angelico that catches my attention. Mary’s arms are covering her heart almost in the sense of deep amazement that God asks her to become the Theotokos (God-bearer).
Olet took this shot as the memorable picture of the sun breaking through the darkness on this fifth day of the Simbang Gabi. This practice of waking up before the sun breaking, hearing the Word, nourished by the Eucharist, eating a hearty breakfast after the Liturgy, or being surrounded with the joy of many people is only possible because Mary said YES to God’s plan. She abandoned herself to the divine providence of God as mentioned by the priest in his homily today.
Mary is the perfect disciple of Christ as she gave God her perfect fiat. She was a virgin before the birth of Christ, at the birth of Christ, and after the birth of Christ. Her virginity was not only associated with her physical attributes, but her interior characteristics as well. Her mind, her emotions, her will was consecrated to the divine will of the Father. This consecration, her fiat, and the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit gave the world its savior. If we look to Mary, her perpetual virginity, and commitment to Christ, we too, can make the logos present to our neighbor, to that person in our work place and in our schools, and to us as we process to the altar of the Word and the Eucharist as Christmas hastens! This is no light matter! As a matter fact its the reality of the Christian life. Shall we live any other way?