The Annunciation

This year these Rosary post will be focusing on the Fruits of the mystery. We begin back in the joyful mysteries with the Annunciation, when the Angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and asked\told that she was to bear Jesus. The Mystery of this decade is Humility.

Humility is a virtue and is the opposite of Pride. This is something talked about throughout scriptures as Moses was a meek man and his humility is not a weakness but a sign of Godly strength and purpose. In the Beatitudes, Jesus even says Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the Earth. Being humble is a good thing, as St. Augustine noted “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” Skipping forward to more modern times CS Lewis in known for saying that “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” Thomas Merton even chimed in on humility saying that “Humility is the surest sign of strength.” The great Francis of Assisi lived this virtue and said “O Divine Spirit, who efface Yourself before the Father and Son; O Jesus, meek and humble of heart; O Abba Father, who humble Yourself to commune with the lowly; O beautiful Trinity, You are Humility!”

With event of the Annunciation we have two individuals, well technically three,who are being humble. We have Jesus who humbled himself to become human, but we also have Mary who gladly say “Yes” to be the Mother of the Lord. There is also the other Annunciation with Joseph who is visited by an angel in a dream where he is told Mary will bear a son. Joseph also displays a great deal of humility here staying with Mary after learning that she was with child. The Holy Family is another great example for us to live in humility, May we be inspired by these individuals and what they say to try and live this Jubilee Year of Mercy more like the Book of Micah tells us “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”

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