Mary's "Yes"

Luke 1:26–38
 
Mary prays her yes to God
 
Mary’s fiat, her yes, her consent to God’s will, meant that in the fulness of time God’s son was born of a woman (Galatians 4:4), so that we could become sons and daughters of God.
 
Today we contemplate Mary, our Mother in faith, the Mother of us all.  She is the perfect model of Christian faith, the example of what it means to give oneself wholeheartedly to God’s will.
 
St Teresa of Calcutta said, “Mary showed complete trust in God by agreeing to be used as an instrument in his plan of salvation.  She trusted him in spite of her nothingness because he knew he who is mighty could do great things in her and through her.
 
"Once she said “yes” to him she never doubted.  She was just a young woman, but she belonged to God and nothing nor anyone could separate her from him."
 
We too are called to give birth to Christ and, like Mary, we do so through the path of learning to be responsive, receptive and obedient to the Holy Spirit.  Just as Mary’s “yes” opened the door of our salvation, so too our “yes” to God opens the gate which leads to an ever-deeper experience of living a life in the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
Lord, we give thanks and praise for Mary, the new Eve, for through her the way was opened for the Word to become flesh and dwell among us.
 
Chris
 
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