Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation. This feast day dates back to the fourth century according to tradition and was first mentioned in a Church canon at the Council of Toledo in 656. The feast is celebrated on March 25th because the spring equinox celebrates God’s act of creation and the beginning of Christ’s redemption. In 336, the Church officially began celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25th which would make March 25th the beginning of the ninth month human pregnancy cycle.
It is important to remember that Mary was a human, bestowed with a special grace from God. We look to Mary as our great intercessor because she is the queen mother. In historical monarchies, the mother of the king was always seated at his right hand and traditionally had the greatest amount of influence or “bug in his ear”
But more importantly than celebrating Mary as Queen of the Universe, today we celebrate and give thanks for her yes to God. Mary did not choose to bring the child Jesus into this world on her own, she showed trust and strength in God when asked to take on this role.
Let us take time today to reflect on the times we may have said no to God and to pray for Mary’s intercession the next time God calls us for the strength to say yes.