Heavenly Father, you offer us abundant grace, mercy, and forgiveness through your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to live a grace-filled life as Mary did by believing in your promises and by giving you my unqualified 'yes' to your will and plan for my life.
Heavenly Father, you have given Mary to us as our Blessed Mother. Thank
you. I know that she constantly intercedes on our behalf and that you
listen to her prayer. I am confident in your mercy and love. You are
guiding me home to spend eternity with you. I place all my trust in you.
I offer you my weak, but grateful love in return.
Petition: Lord, grant me the grace to embrace you in faith, hope, and love.
1. Sent from God: Too often we attribute too much of
our achievements to our own doing. Our education, wealth, or
technological ability can lead us to have a false sense of security in
our ability to shape our world. Today’s Gospel reminds us that God’s
plan for the salvation of the human race is his own initiative. He sends
his Son into the world at a precise time and in a precise place. He
prepares Mary beforehand with everything she will need to fulfill her
mission as Mother of the Redeemer – a mission that she accepts in
freedom and through faith. I do well to realize more and more that God
is also the true protagonist of my own life.
2. Do Not Be Afraid: One of the constant refrains of
the Gospel is Jesus’ admonition: “Do not be afraid.” When the Lord draws
near, our natural tendency is to be afraid. We can be afraid of his
presence. We can be afraid of what he might ask of us. We can be afraid
of our own limitations in the face of the call to true conversion and
holiness of life. We can be afraid of the apparent obstacles along the
path of Christian discipleship. Like Mary, we need to overcome our fear
by embracing God’s will with faith and love. As our confidence in God
increases, our fear decreases. As our love increases, our fear
disappears. Of what am I afraid in my relationship with the Lord? Am I
surrendering my fear by giving myself in faith?
3. May It Be Done to Me: What a truly incredible thing
it is to make the salvation of the human race dependent upon the free
response of Mary! Mary’s “yes” to God shows us the power and
transcendence of personal choice. It also sheds light on the importance
of our own personal “yes” to God with regard to his plan for our lives.
Mary’s loving, faith-filled consent to a plan she did not fully
understand becomes the model of our own daily consent to the divine will
as it manifests itself in our daily lives.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I have remembered
through this meditation that you are the one guiding my life and all of
history. I need to be mindful that you always intend good for me, even
if it is painful and purifying. So, I should never be afraid of your
hand in my life. I believe and trust in you my Lord, but increase my
faith, hope and love.
Resolution: I will embrace God’s will today as Mary did -- with faith and love.