Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. It seems a little odd to have it during the heart of the Lenten Season. The image of the young Mary being visited by the Angel Gabriel who was sent by God. Gabriel’s message was probably the last thing Mary ever expected to be hearing. Yet she responds with great maturity and even greater faith.
Mary did not hesitate to articulate the simple word “yes.” She knew that all would be okay because she was responding to God’s invitation and that God would never fail her. We often are faced with responding “yes” or “no” in many different situations. How easy is it to respond positively when we are uncertain of the outcome? How often to I say yes to sharing my time and talents with others? How would I respond if an angel of God were to visit me?
These are good questions for this Lenten season. Perhaps it is a good invitation for each of us to reflect on our responses when we are asked to do things. Let us try and respond with the eyes of faith as Mary did. Her simple “yes” changed the world forever.
Pat Schifini, OSU