When the Light Came Into the World…


We can imagine the joy of Mary when the angel Gabriel revealed to her that she would be the Mother of God!  As we read in the book of the prophet Isaiah: “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and they shall call His name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

Remembering that “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16) gives us hope in the midst of the storms in our lives.  Mary carried the Light of the World in her womb.  We will recall Jesus as the Light when we celebrate the Easter Vigil.  We carry Jesus within us every time we receive the Holy Eucharist!  We must ask our Blessed Mother Mary to help us receive Jesus with a joy like she has!!

As we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation let us reflect on Jesus who is the Light.  In the preface at Mass before we sing the Holy, Holy, Holy prayer (Sanctus) we pray these words about the Blessed Virgin Mary:

“…conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, and the glory of her virginity still abiding gave forth to the world the everlasting Light, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

What beautiful words to ponder on throughout the day!  Truly nothing is impossible for God!  How grateful we are for the “Yes” of Mary!

Please listen to this song: “Lux Aurumque” composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre, who took the words from a poem written by Charles Anthony Silvestri.  I do realize that this is a song more for Christmas time, but it is a good song to listen to as we reflect Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel and how she received the Light in her womb!! Jesus is the Light of the World and we will encounter Him in a special way during the Easter season!

This is the translation of the song:

warm and heavy as pure gold
and angels sing softly
to the new-born babe.

Here is the link:

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir- “Lux Aurumque”

Lyrics from: https://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/lux-aurumque

Image from https://catholicnewstt.com/index.php/2018/12/20/mary-ideal-advent-figure/

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