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By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Mar 25, 2009)
Readings: Is 7:10-14, 8:10; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38
"Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." Lk 1:28
When is the last time you were involved with planning a major event — wedding, anniversary party, retirement, company banquet, family reunion? You surely came across many important considerations that could affect the overall outcome. How important it is to plan well!
Today, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, we remember one of the pivotal moments in God's plan of salvation. The Blessed Virgin Mary was offered an active role in this plan. As one saint of the Church once said of this moment: "All creation held its breath, wondering what her answer would be."
Mary, as we know, accepted. So, bringing God's grace and mercy to mankind was not only the work of God, it was also the free assent of a young woman.
God's plans include us, too. Like Mary, we have choices to make. When we are open to His will, we can be instruments of His mercy or, as Blessed Mother Teresa said, "God's love in action." Isn't it exciting to think that God will work through us! Our "yes" to letting God work through us can lead to greater things, since He is "able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think" (Eph 3:20).
A simple, young nun in Poland, Sister Faustina, learned how God could work through her. Although she had only three winters of education, she went on to write her Diary — one of the most widely read pieces of mystical literature. "Once we open ourselves to the influence of the Holy Sprit, He Himself will fulfill what is lacking in us" (Diary, 359).
Saying "yes" to God's will doesn't mean our mission will be easy. But isn't it comforting to know that we're part of His perfect plan!
My Dear Lord, thank You for Your immense plan of salvation. Help me to follow Mary's example of saying "yes" to You for my own salvation and that of the world. Amen.