Gospel: LK 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
Today we meet Mary at the day, the very hour when the angel came to her with God’s request. She had been chosen from all eternity for her role. Mary didn’t feel special, didn’t think she was worthier than the other young women in her village, yet the angel came to her and asked her the question on which our salvation rested. And Mary said yes, the first of many in her young life not allowing fear or doubt to keep her from giving herself to God in simple faith and trust. Her path from that moment became difficult—did her parents understand when they saw that Mary was with child? We know from scripture her fiancé, Joseph, had his doubts. I’m sure the townspeople gossiped as her child continued to grow in her womb. But Mary never hesitated to say “Yes” even if it made things hard for her. Because of Mary—the Word became flesh and humanity was reconciled to God.
We need to be people whose only word to God is “Yes” no matter what it costs us. The joys will outweigh the sorrows as we live for others and not ourselves. In Mary, we have an advocate and model of who we should be for God and each other.
– Mthr. Phyllis McHugh
Action: Make a conscious decision to embrace your day and everything it holds for you. Ask Mary to help you find God in everything you do today.