Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The angel Gabriel comes to Mary to announce the plan of God. She responds with trust and a simple yes. Yet, this yes is powerful! She takes part in the plan of salvation.
Does Mary hesitate or wait for answers to many questions about what this yes will mean before saying it? Does she allow fear of the unknown hold her back? No. She says yes immediately, in faith and trust. She loves and has encountered the Lord. She believes. What was it like after the angel left her? What were her thoughts? Gratitude? Wonder? Trust? Silence? Questions?
What is the Lord asking of you, inviting you to, this day? Have you responded yet? What is holding you back? Like Mary, through her intercession and example, may you have courage and trust to respond like she did. Simply say your fiat today: "Let it be done". Be not afraid to do the Will of the Father. Be not afraid to trust the One who loves you. Be not afraid to take a step of faith. "Let it be done to me according to your word." Be at peace and know that the Lord is with you.
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