Mar 25, 2015
When Jesus began his ministry, he chose to make us men and women his cherished followers. Wanting us to be his companions, he expressed it in the words, “I call you friends, for I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father” (Jn 15:15). In calling us in to his friendship, Jesus wanted us to share his divine life. This raising up to a godlike stature is best expressed by the Psalmist: “You have made them a little lower than gods” (Ps 8:5).
The Eastern Fathers never tired of proclaiming this sentiment in the words: God became man that we might become God-like. The Son’s descent in the form of a human person would be completed in humanity’s ascent to God. This is the point of today’s solemnity, the Annunciation of the Lord.
The Incarnation at the Annunciation
When Mary of Nazareth accepted the angel’s message, she was chosen as the first of the Lord’s disciples in the New Covenant. As mother of the Messiah, she shared his life and suffering as well as his victory. Her total trust was so unconditional that she accepted the mandate: “You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall name him Emmanuel, God-is-with-us.” As Mary placed herself in the hands of Providence, so must we if we wish to be the Lord’s companions.