In today’s Gospel, Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel. Although Mary has a name, the angel addressed her with a strange greeting: “Hail, ‘Full of Grace,’ the Lord is with you!” “Full of Grace.” In Greek, it is kecharitomene. In Latin, it is gratia plena.
While there are many theories as to the exact translation of the word kecharitomene, there is considerable agreement among scholars that it can be translated as “you who have been blessed.” Truly, Mary has been blessed. As a response to the announcement of the angel, Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord, may it be done unto me as you say.”
But she was blessed not for her own sake. Mary herself understood this. She called herself a servant. A servant is one with a mission to fulfill, a task to accomplish. What is that mission? To give to the world the blessing that was given to her—her Son, Emmanuel.
This is a very good spirituality to live by. If you have been blessed by God, you are to be a blessing for others. What God gives to you, He wants to give through you!
That is what Mary did. That is what I propose we can also do.
No one is so rich as to have nothing to receive. No one is so poor as to have nothing to give. What can you bless the world with?
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous, to give and not to count the cost. Amen.
Taken from Sabbath 2020 Scripture Reflection by Fr. Joel Jason