Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the day when Mary agreed to become the mother of the Savior. It is a special day and certainly has a large impact on our lives. Because of Mary’s “yes”, Jesus was born to suffer, die, and rise from the dead, making it possible for us to live forever in Heaven. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that Mary could have said, “no”. God did not force her to go along with His plan. She freely assented to her mission, despite a serious lack of details.
To a lesser extent, you and I are asked to say “yes” to the Lord on a daily basis. Our “mission” can be as simple as being kind to those around us or as complex as becoming a missionary in a foreign land. Just as in the case of the Blessed Mother, we are often asked to say “yes” without knowing all of the details. Although it’s not easy, that is what faith is all about.
As we reflect on this great episode in the story of salvation history, let us turn to Mary and ask for her assistance in trusting in God’s plan for our lives. We are all asked to say “yes” in different ways, but doing so produces the same result – advancement of God’s Kingdom on earth!
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!