Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanu-el.
It is, as they say, no accident that the words of the angel to Mary are “The Lord is with you” and the name given the Messianic Son of David in Isaiah 7:14 is “Immanuel”–“God with us”. Mary is a kind of icon of the whole Church. She images what the Church is and, as God was with her in the most intimate and even physical way by being present in her womb, so he is with us as well, particularly when we receive him into our body and soul in the Eucharist. Today, thank God for being with you as he was with Mary.