Fourth Monday of Advent: Virgin Mary
“You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.’”
If Christmas has come, skip to our final video on the Nativity. If Christmas hasn't come, on this fourth Monday of Advent, we can remember the Virgin Mary. The ornament for today should represent the Virgin Mary (a lily).
The Annunciation is a story from the Bible that describes the angel Gabriel's visit to the Virgin Mary to tell her that she has been chosen by God to bear his son, Jesus Christ. Gabriel tells Mary that she has found favor with God and that she will conceive and give birth to a son who will be called the Son of God.
Mary is initially afraid and confused by the news, but she ultimately accepts God's plan for her life and responds with faith and obedience, saying, "I am the Lord's servant. May your word to me be fulfilled."
The story of the Annunciation teaches us several important lessons. Firstly, it shows us the power of faith and obedience in God's plan for our lives. Mary's willingness to submit to God's will, even when it was difficult or scary, is an example for us to follow.
Secondly, the story reminds us of the importance of humility. Mary was a young, unmarried woman from a small town, but she was chosen by God for an incredible task. Her response was not one of pride or self-importance, but of humility and gratitude.
Finally, the Annunciation is a reminder of God's love and grace towards us. In choosing Mary to be the mother of Jesus, God showed his love for humanity and his desire to save us from sin and death. This act of love should inspire us to live lives of gratitude and service to others.
The story of the Annunciation is found in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1, verses 26-38.