Who does not know this dvivinely beautiful passage of S. Luke?
The Angel appears, the bearer of the divine message: ‘Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee.’
Mary is troubled. The Angel reassures her. ‘Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be called the Son of the Most High.’
Mary is still troubled, and objects with watchful simplicity: ‘How shall this be done, because I know not man?’
It is then that the Angel displays the magnificent and merciful plan of the Blessed Trinity, that he unveils the mystery of the tremendous act which depends upon the lips of the young Virgin. Then it is that she shines forth in the unique place which divine Love has made for her, in close co-operation with the sublime design which is to bring her into the Divine Family by an alliance which will make of her, in the truest sense of the words, the Daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son and the Spouse of the Holy Ghost.
The Archangel says: ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee, and therefore the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.’
Could there be anything more clear and exact?
Meditate upon these profound words and the decisive, so long expected act which followed.
Then Mary said: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word.’
And when the divine act of Incarnation took place, Mary immediately entered close relationship with the Blessed Trinity, she became officially the Daughter of the Father, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost, the Mother of the Son and of the predestinate who were afterwards to be born of her.
(To be continued.)