The first step towards the reconciliation of heaven and earth is the annunciation of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ to our Mother Mary. It is the preparation for the reunion between God and men, and an announcement for the spiritual salvation that was to come. A savior would be born, and salvation of all people would be completed upon the Cross, through the tender mercy of God. The annunciation of the Nativity of Christ, was a message of hope for all mankind, as they would be delivered from the judgement of death, and the dominion of satan.
As the Angel Gabriel appeared to our Mother Mary to deliver to her the good news, the execution of a divine plan began. The road towards the salvation of our race started with a message “and, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” (Luke 1:31).
“The Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a virgin betrothed to a man.” Gabriel was sent with the message of universal salvation. Gabriel was sent, bringing the writ of the recall of Adam. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin, that the dishonor of womanhood might be transformed into honor. Gabriel was sent, as is worthy, to rejoice at the pure chamber of the Bridegroom. Gabriel was sent, and the Creator is betrothed to His creation. Gabriel was sent to the spiritual palace of the King of the Angels. Gabriel was sent to a virgin, who though betrothed to Joseph, will bear the Son.Excerpt from the Homily on the Annunciation, by St. John Chrysostom
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