The Jews had waited for 4000 years and the Angel Gabriel greets a startled young virgin about 15 years old with the words which we so often repeat at the beginning of the Hail Mary prayer: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28).......that she will bear a son who will be called the Son of God. Mary is bewildered: “How can this be since I have no relations with a man?” (Luke 1:34)
There was no room in the inn. May we always make room for Christ in our hearts. Therefore, the Christ child was born in a stable and laid in a manger with only the heat of the animals to keep Him warm. There began His great mission to teach us how to live and save us from our sins, thus opening the gates of Heaven for us. All we have to do is follow Christ and be faithful to His teachings.
According to the law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present and consecrate the first born to God (Luke 2:22-23). May we likewise consecrate our families to God. Simeon noted that the child would be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel", thus the feast, “Candlemas Day” on February 2. He then blessed them and said to Mary that a sword will pierce her heart (Luke 2:32-35). Imagine how startled she was. This was really the second annunciation.......that Mary would suffer intense sorrows, especially at the foot of the cross. During each sorrow she maintained her trust in God. The Seven Sorrows of Mary include: 1) Simeon’s Prophecy; 2) The Flight into Egypt; 3) the Three Days Loss of the Christ Child in the Temple; 4) Meeting Jesus with His Cross on the Way to Calvary; 5) the Crucifixion; 6) Taking Jesus Down from the Cross; and 7) The Burial of Jesus. Other options are to read and reflect on Psalm 96:7-9, 122:1-4; Luke 2:21-40; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 9:28, 10:5, 7, 10, 14.