In the hour of difficulty and trial we are plagued with doubts, we do not understand the meaning of the events of the world and of our life. The temptation not to feel adequate, up to it assails us, so that the choice not to continue the journey takes root in us, and we don’t realize that God favors us, He calls us and asks us to follow Him, putting ourselves at His unconditional disposal.
Despite our indifference and refusal, the Lord is not discouraged and does not give up. He patiently sits at the door of our heart and waits for us to finally mature the decision to open our lives to Him. He always encourages us not to be afraid, because we too have found favor with Him. God is with us from our first moment and will never leave us. We are not orphaned, but our life is inhabited by His presence, under the sign of His lordship, in His hands. We are what happens when the Lord comes. Everything in us is His visit, His love that is given to us, His forgiveness to start again, not commensurate with what we were or did.
The Most High became the son of Mary to be like us, one of us. He lived like us because He wants us to become like Him. The source of our life is in Him. True joy originates from our return to Him so that He can continually renew us and keep us. Only in God will we find the strength to face difficulties, dangers and misunderstandings and become bearers of hope.
Although Mary, the little woman of Nazareth is accustomed to the intense and profound relationship with the Lord, on hearing the Angel’s words she is distressed
The divine realities are always mysterious, arcane and in front of their unveiling it is normal to be enveloped in fear. However, this is not the only reason. Mary, although still a young girl, knows the history of salvation well. She knows that in the past such greetings were addressed to the great personages, to whom God entrusted the mission to lead Israel along the paths of liberation and covenant with Him. For this reason she is distressed and wonders about the meaning of those words. She is aware of her own insufficiency, of Her condition as a simple and poor woman, daughter of humble people. Maria strives to grasp the meaning of that event that makes Her waver, of those words that she understands in their meaning, but that She can not fully relate to herself. She feels a fragile girl like many others, who is unworthy of the infinite love of the Father, and is constantly struggling with Herself to overcome her limits and try to conform Herself to the Word.
Given the understandable upset of Mary, the angel Gabriel reassures her. She must not fear anything, for She has found favor with the Almighty. Through her, the Lord, God of Israel, will fulfill the messianic promise that He made to His people during the history of salvation. Mary will conceive and give birth to a son, She will name him Jesus – ‘God saves’ . Jesus He will be called ‘Son of the Highest.’ The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and his Kingdom will never end. In other words, the Messiah, the One sent by the Father will be born of Her, to redeem the whole of humanity. Not only the reference to David and to Jacob, but the entire discourse of the Angel is based on assumptions and categories that Mary knows exactly. What the Archangel Gabriel says to her is not something strange, foreign or inscrutable, but it is Her story, the story of the faith of the people of Exodus, of Her people who, trusting in God’s faithfulness, are waiting for the fulfillment of His centuries-old promises
Mary thinks a few moments in silence, she ponders those words inside herself, she looks into herself: she is only a young woman, who is a virgin and betrothed to a man named Joseph, from whom she can not have a son because she does not live with him yet. Humanly what the angel says to her it is not possible that it can come true.
In the book “The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will”, Luisa reports what the Virgin Mary experienced when the angel Gabriel entered her house in Nazareth.
The Virgin Mary continued her Life in Nazareth; the Divine Fiat continued to expand Its Kingdom within her. It used her littlest acts, even the most indifferent ones—such as keeping the little house in order, starting the fire, sweeping, and all the tasks that are usually done in the families—to let her feel Its Life Palpitating in the fire, in the water, in the food, in the air she breathed— in everything. And Investing them, It formed over her little acts Seas of Light, of Grace, of Sanctity; because wherever It Reigns, the Divine Will has the Power to form, from little trifles, New Heavens of Enchanting Beauty. In fact, being Immense, It does not know how to do small things, but with Its Power It gives Value to trifles, and makes of them the Greatest Things, such as to Astonish Heaven and earth. Everything is Holy, everything is Sacred, for the one who Lives of Divine Will.
Several days before the descent of the Eternal Word upon earth, the Virgin Mary could see Heaven opened and the Sun of the Divine Word at Its doors, as though to look out for the one upon whom He was to take His Flight, to render Himself Celestial Prisoner of a creature. How Beautiful it was to see Him at the doors of Heaven, as though on the lookout, and to spy the fortunate creature who was to host Her Creator!
The Sacrosanct Trinity no longer looked at the earth as alien to Them, because there was little Mary who, by possessing the Divine Will, had formed the Divine Kingdom in which He could descend safely, as in His own Dwelling, in which He would find Heaven and the many suns of the many Acts of Divine Will done in her Soul. The Divinity Overflowed with Love, and removing the Mantle of Justice which, for so many centuries, They had kept with creatures, They covered Themselves with the Mantle of Infinite Mercy, and decreed among Themselves the Descent of the Word, and were in the Act of sounding the Hour of the Fulfillment. At this sound, Heaven and earth were Astounded, and all stood at attention, to be spectators of such a Great Excess of Love, and a Prodigy so unheard-of.
Our Celestial Mother felt Ignited with Love, and echoing the Love of My Creator, shewanted to form one single Sea of Love, so that the Word might descend upon earth within it. Her Prayers were Incessant, and while she was praying in her little room, an Angel came, sent from Heaven as messenger of the Great King. He came before her, and bowing, he hailed her: “Hail, O Mary, our Queen; the Divine Fiat has filled You with Grace. He has already pronounced His Fiat— that He wants to descend; He is already behind my shoulders, but He wants Your Fiat to form the Fulfillment of His Fiat.”
At such a great announcement, so much desired by her— although she had never thought she would be the chosen one—she was stupefied and hesitated one instant. But the Angel of the Lord told her: “Do not fear, our Queen, for You have found Grace before God. You have Conquered Your Creator; therefore, to complete the Victory—pronounce Your Fiat.”
So, the Virgin Mary pronounced her Fiat, and the two Fiats fused together and the Divine Word descended into her. Her Fiat, which was Endowed with same Value as the Divine Fiat, from the Seed of her humanity, formed the tiny little Humanity which was to enclose the Word; and the Great Prodigy of the Incarnation was accomplished.
“O! Power of the Supreme Fiat
You raised Me so high as to render Me Powerful,
to the point of being able to create within Me
that Humanity which was to enclose the Eternal Word,
whom Heaven and earth could not contain.
The heavens were shaken, and all Creation assumed the attitude of Feast;
and exulting with Joy, they peeked over the little house of Nazareth,
to give homages and obsequies to the Creator made Man;
and in their mute language, they said:
“O! Prodigy of prodigies, which only a God could do.
Immensity has made itself little,
Power has rendered Itself powerless,
His Unreachable Height has lowered itself deep
into the abyss of the womb of a Virgin,
and at the same time, He is little and Immense,
Powerful and powerless, Strong and weak.”