May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Annunciation 2

Learn more about the Annunciation: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01542a.htm

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032515.cfm

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 celebrate Mary’s yes to the will of God. She is our model of perfection and obedience to Our Lord. When God speaks to us, we should be just as Mary and say yes with no hesitation. Are you like Mary? Do you follow the Lord with no hesitation? You should and you can ask Mary to help you, do not wait. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the model of Mary that you have given to us. May I be as willing as she was to do your will. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

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