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Summary: Mary is the opposite of Eve, totally open to the plan of God as Eve was closed in, and thus she was able to accept the Greatest Gift, Jesus Christ.

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To contrast with this evil and risible misinterpretation of reality, the Holy Spirit gives us the paradigm of womanhood, the New Eve, in this wonderful pericope of acceptance and humility, the scene at Nazareth. The proclamation of this Gospel today has given rise to the misconception that we today celebrate the conception of Jesus rather than His Mother. Not so. We’ll do that on March 25. Today what we celebrate is the gracefulness, openness and spirit of obedience of Mary, that was the precondition for the entry of Grace, Obedience and Redemption in the person of Her Son, Jesus Christ. Here is the woman who was from the first moment of her existence totally open to God. She understood that she was made for gift, the gift of grace, and that made it possible for her to be open to The Gift, the Son of God. God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son. This is our sole hope. Accepting the gift of God on God’s terms is the only future for humankind. Let’s then conclude with the words of our Holy Father:

Then, the

conviction that the economy must be autonomous, that it must be shielded

from “influences” of a moral character, has led man to abuse the economic

process in a thoroughly destructive way. In the long term, these

convictions have led to economic, social and political systems that

trample upon personal and social freedom, and are therefore unable to

deliver the justice that they promise. As I said in my Encyclical Letter

Spe Salvi, history is thereby deprived of Christian hope[86], deprived of

a powerful social resource at the service of integral human development,

sought in freedom and in justice. Hope encourages reason and gives it the

strength to direct the will[87]. It is already present in faith, indeed it

is called forth by faith. Charity in truth feeds on hope and, at the same

time, manifests it. As the absolutely gratuitous gift of God, hope bursts

into our lives as something not due to us, something that transcends every

law of justice. Gift by its nature goes beyond merit, its rule is that of


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