Capsule for the Day
She was a woman like every other woman in her time and town. She apparently had no blue blood. By appearance and status, no one would have judged her good enough to be the Mother of God. They were other women of her age, and "better" than her, but she was chosen by God.
Why didn't God choose the other women, the ones with blue blood and high status? Why Mary, of all women? Mary answers these questions in her prayer of Praise: "the Almighty has done great things for me, holy is His Name... He brings down the mighty and raises the lowly..." It was Grace!
So, the Annunciation is among many other things, God making a statement in time, and changing the course of history, changing the way we think and live... changing our vision of the human person and bringing us to a new era, the era of God with us in CHRIST Jesus... the era of our redemption.
Fr. Francis Afu