This is almost too beautiful for words, but Father Richard does a good job:
MARY, MODEL OF RECEPTIVITY
Feast of the Annunciation
The Annunciation story (Luke 1:26-38) is the crescendo point of the Biblical theme of grace. Did you ever notice that Mary does not say she’s “not worthy”? She just asks for clarification. She only asks “How” because that might ask something more of her. She never asks if, whether or why!
That is quite extraordinary and reveals her lack of ego. She becomes the archetype of perfect receptivity. It takes the entire Bible to work up to one perfect vessel that knows how to say an unquestioning yes to an utterly free gift. She does it alone, quietly, and with courage, which makes this the real day of the Incarnation.
We could call today, “Hidden Christmas,” nine months before the visible birth, but that secret day when all is conceived inside the human heart and soul—and body.
(Adapted from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, pp. 31-32)