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

Annunciation-Bouguereau

Learn more about the Annunciation of the Lord: http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/p/Annunciation.htm

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040416.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.

Mary did not doubt God’s plan for her, she readily agreed even though it was a major change to her plans! But she knew that what God wanted was much more important than what she wanted. Can we say the same thing? Are we so willing to join in God’s plan for us? We all need the humility of Mary that allows us to say yes when God wants us to step out of our box and follow Him. Are you ready?

Prayer: Lord, you asked and I said yes, because I know that you are there with me and will never allow me to fail, as long as I follow you. In Jesus’ holy name I give you glory and praise!

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

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