Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mary's Yes

In today's Gospel reading we hear the familiar story from St. Luke when the angel Gabriel was sent by God to the virgin Mary who was betrothed to Joseph.  The angel greeted Mary and shared with her that she was to be the mother of Jesus.  Mary was naturally frightened by the greeting and the news.  She was a woman of tremendous faith and this is what sustained her to give an affirmative response to the angel Gabriel.  He also shared with her that "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.”
Mary's "yes" changed her life and the lives of those who knew her.  She had faith and trust that we are all called to embrace.  As we live the remainder of the Advent days let us take time to reflect on Mary's response and see how we can live it out in our daily lives.
Pat Schifini, OSU

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