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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY

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Feast of the Annunciation

The young couple were in love with each other and looking forward to being married. They also had a great love for God and, as the story unfolds, we learn about an even greater love. This is the infinite love which God has for every human being.

For centuries humankind was separated from God through the sin of our first parents while He waited for the appropriate moment to bridge the gap between Himself and us. The only way God wanted it to be done was for His Son to become one of us. Now His Son, the perfect God man, could say to His Father "On behalf of my sinful brothers and sisters I apologise for the wrong done.” This day, the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, was the day that God chose to put His plan into action.

This love of God was revealed to Mary in the words of an archangel. She was the highly favoured woman who was to give birth to God's Son. Not surprisingly she was at first very disturbed by this news, not understanding how such a conception could take place. The angel gave her the explanation she needed, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the Child will be holy and will be called the Son of God.” In these words God announced for the first time that in Him there are the three Persons of the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Before this moment the Jews had believed that there was only one Person in God, with even great men like Abraham, Moses, King David and the prophets having no knowledge of the Blessed Trinity. How fitting it was that this intimate detail of God's life should have been first revealed to Mary who was to bear His Son.

Each Person of the Blessed Trinity loved us and wanted to play a part in saving us. The Father was giving His Son, the Son was humbling Himself to become one of us, and this would be achieved by the love and power of the Holy Spirit. Only one more thing was needed, the love and co-operation of Mary who was free to say yes or no to God and on whom, therefore, our salvation depended. But she loved God so much that there was only one answer she could give, "I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let what you have said be done to me." All the persons involved fully gave their love.

What is God asking of us? He wants our love although, because we are sinners, we cannot love Him perfectly, as He loves us. But we can try our best. This is a love story which will never end, because it will continue into eternity.

Today’s feast has a message for those who practice and believe in abortion. Life is sacred and begins at the moment of conception, not after 20, 22 or 24 weeks as some would have us believe.

We thank each Person of the Blessed Trinity, and Mary and Joseph, for the part they played in our redemption.