Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Today at all Masses we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, the day in which the Word became flesh and dwelt amoungst us. Today is also the Patronal Feast Day of Old St. Mary’s. One hundred and seventy-five years ago, on the actual Feast of the Annunciation (March 25), Old St. Mary’s Church began to be constructed. This year, the Feast is transferred because March 25 was Good Friday.
Old St. Mary’s is a living symbol of the Annunciation. First of all, because of Our Lady’s yes to the Lord. She willingly said yes to God and placed her trust in Him. Old St. Mary’s continues each day to say yes to God by being a living example of God in the world. Secondly, it continues to allow the Incarnation of the Lord to live within the world. Through her faithful administration of the Sacraments, proclamation of the Gospel, and continuing to give to the faithful an experience of the living God.
Hopefully we are each able to take the example of Old St. Mary’s and live it out in our lives. We must always be willing to say yes to God in our daily lives. We must also always be willing to be an example of God in a world that continues to need God more and more. May we each look to the example of the Church that we love so much on how to live our lives. May our Lady’s intercession help us to do this well. Have a blessed week ahead!
“He who is true God was therefore born in the complete and perfect nature of a true man, whole in his own nature, whole in ours. By our nature we mean what the Creator had fashioned in us from the beginning, and took to himself in order to restore it.
For in the Savior there was no trace of what the deceiver introduced and man, being misled, allowed to enter. It does not follow that because he submitted to sharing in our human weakness he therefore shared in our sins.
He took the nature of a servant without stain of sin, enlarging our humanity without diminishing his divinity. He emptied himself; though invisible he made himself visible, though Creator and Lord of all things he chose to be one of us mortal men. Yet this was the condescension of compassion, not the loss of omnipotence. So he who in the nature of God had created man, became in the nature of a servant, man himself.” – St. Leo the Great