"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
Oh Mary, did you know what you were getting in for, Dear Woman-Child? Did you know that your Son would be heralded by angels to the poor? (Luke 2:8-9) Could you have known that people from far away would seek and find the baby and bring Him fancy gifts? (Matthew 2:1) Did you know that others would predict your life would take such a difficult turn when your child was still just days old? (Luke 2:38) Mary could not have known what her "Yes" to the angel would bring into her life, and yet she said it. Ah the zeal of youth! But we all can say that "yes" each and every day...in fact, we must. As difficult as it may seem, we need to realize that our lives are not fully our own and that God has big plans for us! And, just as God asks of us, God gifts us with just what we need to do what He asks. Today, let's think about the young Mary's "Yes" that made our Christian lives possible...think about what "Yes" we are asked to say ourselves this day...Love,