This gospel story of Mary and Gabriel sums up the beauty and mystery of this season of Advent and the season of Christmas. It also is at the heart of our vocation as Christians.
God desires to come into our world to redeem it, to bring peace and joy, to enter into it as fully as possible. Yet, God cannot do this without the Fiat of the young virgin. The angel tells her not to fear, assures her that she is blessed, and then waits for her response.
Filled with grace, Mary trusts God’s word and humbly answers with her simple and profound, “Yes.” “Be it done unto me according to your word.”
As Christians, each of us needs to beg the Lord for that same grace: to say “Yes” to whatever God asks and to be free from fear, trusting instead in God’s presence with us.
God waits for our Yes each day in order that Christ’s redemptive work continue in the world today.
May that miracle begun in Nazareth be part of our lives today and every day.