When the Angel of the Lord appears to Mary at the Annunciation – we learn that she has found favor with God and she is full of grace.
And, while Mary has received abundant graces going all the way back to her Immaculate Conception – it’s important for us to take note that Mary is who she is, not simply because God poured out graces upon her. That’s obviously a tremendous gift that can’t be ignored, but we also need to remember Mary’s response to those graces.
Namely: In humility, she submits to God’s will. In gratitude, she praises the Lord and continues to magnify Him. And, guided by the Spirit, she takes action.
We see this clearly in the story of the Visitation which we celebrate today. Mary doesn’t just receive grace and then kick back. She takes action. She goes to serve Elizabeth. She praises God for His goodness.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.” Luke 1:46-49
While we may not be given the same graces as Mary, we have been given graces. Which means that we too can follow her example and submit our will to the Father, offer Him our praise and thanksgiving, and respond to His gift of grace.