On the Annunciation

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation. It is a
day rich in meaning for it unites the Paschal and Christmas cycles.
Both cycles are about beginnings. Christmas is the beginning of the
life of the new Adam, Jesus Christ, born of the new Eve, Mary. That
cycle begins with the Annunciation. Easter cycle is the new beginning
for humanity, when through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, man is
raised from death of sin to a new life in the Risen Lord.

These two beginnings are closely related to the first beginning which
is the Creation. The fall of Adam and Eve came about when they
listened to the father of all lies, the devil. As a result, man
severed ties with God. Yet God promised that the Son of the Woman will
crush the head of the serpent. Eve, the mother of all those who live
awaits for the new Eve, Mary, the mother of the new creation. “One
man’s offence brought condemnation on all humanity and one man’s good
act brought justification and life to all humanity.” (Ro. 5:18)

May our daily prayer be: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done
to me according to Your word.”