If God really intended not to give Mary the honor which is due to her becoming the Mother of God and if she is really nothing and an unimportant woman to him, then, God shouldn't be sending an angel to her and will just instantly approached by the Holy Spirit and overshadowed by the Most High, without telling her, without her consent on using her womb for the Word to be incarnated.
|The Annunciation; Francesco ALBANI; circa 1645; oil on copper; the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg|
If such were the case, how painful it is to see how the Lord violates the word of God, "honor your father and your mother."
If Mary is not a special woman and a woman dear to God, why is it that Mary received that mysterious salutation from the Archangel Gabriel?
"Chaire, kecharitomene, ho kurios meta sou."
"Rejoice, you who have been perfected in grace! The Lord is with you."
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
"Hail, highly favored one. The Lord is with you."
Charis is a Greek word which means grace or favor and kecharitomene is the past-perfect participle of it.
Now, how really amazed I am seeing this sacred text from St. John's Gospel, "And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
If Jesus Christ is full of grace, what is Mary then?
Mary will always be the Immaculate Mother of God for in her God the Son was born and had flesh. "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." Mary's whole being is full of grace, not just the womb of hers which will carry the Son of God.
Blessed Virgin Mary, oh how blessed you really are!
Full of grace is Mary's another name.
Full of grace!
Ite inflammate omnia!
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
Mary H. Distributist