Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Today is one of the two days in which we genuflect instead of bow when we pray the words of the creed, "by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Virgin May, and became man."
We genuflect in order to emulate the divine action of God stooping down from on high and humbling becoming one of us.
Today we celebrate that God meets us where we are to raise us up to new heights. As the psalm reminds us, "Lord you have set me on heights I was unable to reach on my own."
Today we genuflect in solemn joy, as we recall the first word that inaugurates Jesus into history, the first word that made known God entering history, eternal entering time, the unlimited joining himself to the limited nature of man.
The first word that inaugurates Christianity into history, is the word of the Angel Gabriel to Mary, "Rejoice." Rejoice highly favored one. In deed this day we let the joy of Mary, the joy of Humanity, echo in our hearts as we fall to our knees in the great gesture of solemn joy.
Today we receive the gift from on high, the gift of rejoicing.