Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord; 25th March, 2017.
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.”
Today, the Annunciation of the Lord, we are reminded of the “yes” of Christian living. In the second reading of today, St. Paul recalls to the Hebrews, Jesus’s yes to His Heavenly Father’s will, then over to the gospel reading, our Lady’s yes to God’s ultimate plan for man. These two yeses are what brought about our salvation.
Just like our Mother Mary, God finds favour in us too. And this favour demands of us sacrifices that may seem soo impossible to carry out: sacrifice of self-giving, sacrifice of true love, sacrifice of total submission. Jesus having said yes to God’s will died on the cross for our sake. Mary too probably had perfect plans for her life but abandoned it all so as to become an instrument of our salvation. No matter what difficulties and tribulations we would be faced with, we are called to say, “Let it be done to me according to Your word” to God as Mary did; we are encouraged to say, “Behold I have come to do your will, O God” as Christ came to do.
The Lord who demands that which seems impossible to us is always there to give us the grace and strength to overcome them. All He needs is our yes. May we like Jesus submit our will to God Our Father and may Mother Mary continue to intercede for us so that we would overcome difficulties we may face as we say yes to Him everyday.