The First Joyful Mystery

The Joyful Mysteries (Mondays, Saturdays; and on Sundays from the First Sunday of Advent until the Baptism of the Lord) The Annunciation-The angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will be the mother of the Jesus.

Imagine you are there when the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, a young Jewish girl.

Gabriel greets Mary saying, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” Luke 1:28.

These are the words that are used in the Hail Mary Prayer, the main rosary prayer.

Gabriel is saying that Mary is holy. She never had original sin, in the words of the angel, she is “full of grace”.

Mary being very humble is confused by the angels words. The angel sees this then adds, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.”Luke 1:30

Gabriel continues with his message to Mary,

“Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob forever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:31-33

Mary is puzzled and asks the angel how this is possible.

He answers her…

“The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the child which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35

Mary knows about the promise of a savior and is well informed of the prophesies of the Old Testament.

However, when you look at her comments to the angel, Mary clearly doesn’t fully understand all that is happening to her but she answers in the most obedient and confident way.

She says…

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word.” -Luke 1:38

Mary always conforms her will to that of God’s.

Imitating Mary’s attitude toward God’s will is a sure way to bring peace to your life.